The Golden Tigers tennis team, ranked No. 10 in the NAIA, gave the No. 3 Berry Vikings all they wanted before succumbing 5-4 in the semifinals of the SSAC Tennis Tournament on Friday in Rome.
Freshman Lyn See Choo won her 20th singles match of the season. Choo is currently 20-2 after defeating Lebrao 6-2, 6-4. Brenau is 17-5 going into the national tournament, which is its best mark since the 2004-05 season when the Tigers were 19-5.
Brenau opened the tournament in the morning with an easy 5-0 win over Reinhardt, losing only two games in the match.
Tigers earn split against Shorter
Senior Tori Fobb picked up three hits, including two doubles and scored two runs to lead No. 12 Brenau to a 3-0 win over No. 17 Shorter on Friday.
The Hawks came back to win the nightcap 8-5 to gain a split.
The Tigers drop to second place in the SSAC at 22-6 with four games to play. Lee has finished its season at 26-6, so the Tigers need to sweep Faulkner and Reinhardt to claim their first SSAC Championship.
Cassie Lassiter pitched a complete-game shutout in the first game, with six strikeouts and allowing only four hits. Fobb was the difference in the win with her big outing at the plate and Ellen Black and Marisa Litster picked up key hits to drive in a run apiece.
In the second game, the Tigers tried four different pitchers, but a big four-run fifth inning was too much to overcome.
Lassiter picked up two more hits, including a triple and drove in two runs. Brooke Borders, Brooke Bryant and Missy Herren also got one hit.
Brenau has compiled a program best 35-8 season record and with their NAIA No. 12 ranking, stand in good position to qualify for the national championships with a good showing at the SSAC Championships next weekend in Rome.