FAIRMONT, W.Va. -- Bluefield State controlled two of three doubles matches and won the first three singles matches to defeat Fairmont State, 5-4, on Saturday afternoon at the FSU Tennis Courts.
The Falcons notched a win at No. 2 doubles when Caitlin Crutchfield and Taylor Nichols teamed up to defeat BSC's team of Tafidzua Mawisire and Marta Briales-Bellen, 8-5.
Nichols was then handed her first defeat of the season in singles by Marijana Gjorgievska in a three-set battle to extend Bluefield State's lead in the match to 4-1. The Falcons closed with wins in three of the final four singles matches, but it wasn't enough as the Blues claimed the close victory.
Erin McKown, Brittany Shumate and Kari Simms all earned victory in singles for FSU.
Bluefield State 5, Fairmont State 4
Isabella Cubillos/Marijana Gjorgievska (BSC) def. Goldie Preston/Erin McKown (FSU), 8-2
Caitlin Crutchfield/ Taylor Nichols (FSU) def. Tafidzua Mawisire/ Marta Briales-Bellen (BSC), 8-5
Bryttnie Morrow/ Megan Meeks (BSU) def. Brittany Shumate/ Kayla Semon (FSU), 8-5
Cuillos (BSC) def. Preston (FSU), 6-2, 6-2
Gjorgirvska (BSC) def. Nichols (FSU), 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
Mawisire (BSC) def. Crutchfield (FSU), 6-1, 6-3
McKown (FSU) def. Briales-Bellen (BSC), 6-3 4-6 7-5
Shumate (FSU) def. Morrow (BSC), 6-3 6-2
Sims (FSU) def. Meeks (BSC), 6-2 6-0