Both Tennis Teams Fall 5-4 at Flagler
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Following a bout with the No. 1 teams in the nation Saturday, the University of North Georgia men's and women's tennis teams continued their long road trek with a trip to Flagler College down in St. Augustine, Fla. where the Saints battled hard in a marathon match that lasted nearly six and a half hours. The Flagler Saints were able to hold off North Georgia, earning 5-4 victories in both the men's and women's matches.
The 30th-ranked men of North Georgia saw their match come down to the final matchup between Mario Mesquita and 33rd-ranked Falgler's David Espinosa. Espinosa came away with the 6-4, 6-3 victory, which sealed the win for Flagler.
The North Georgia men claimed wins at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles and Felipe Friedrich then took down the No. 40 singles player in the nation, Jose Martinez, 6-3, 7-6 at No. 1 singles. Sam Gantt also claimed a win over Bruno Padha 6-3, 6-2 at No. 5 singles.
For the women, North Georgia claimed wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles with Cameron Williams and Mallory Kolts claiming wins at No. 1 and No. 6 singles. Williams' matchup alone took four and a half hours as she and Barbora Sebkova swapped points back and forth.
The women's match came down to the matchup between Krista Ingrilli and Jordan Poole. Poole took the first set 6-2 but Ingrilli bounced back to take the last two sets 6-1, 6-4.
North Georgia will return home for a pair of Peach Belt Conference matches on Saturday, Mar. 9 and Monday, Mar. 11 against Augusta State University and Georgia College.
#30 Men's Tennis vs. #33 Flagler College (L, 4-5) – Sunday, Mar. 3
1D – Friedrich/Guida (UNG) def. Martinez/Coulis (FC) 8-5
2D – Santos/Gantt (UNG) def. Landaluce/Padiha (FC) 9-8
3D – Espinosa/Stolz (FC) def. Mesquita/Ernesto Farinas (UNG) 8-4
1S – Felipe Friedrich (UNG) def. #40 Jose Martinez 6-3, 7-6
2S – Peter Coulis (FC) Matheus Guida (UNG) 6-3, 6-3
3S – Inigo Landaluce (FC) def. Giovani Santos (UNG) 6-3, 6-1
4S – Stephan Stolz (FC) def. Anthony Veryard (UNG) 6-1, 6-3
5S – Sam Gantt (UNG) def. Bruno Padha (FC) 6-3, 6-2
6S – David Espinosa (FC) def. Mario Mesquita (UNG) 6-4, 6-3
Women's Tennis vs. #41 Flagler College (L, 4-5) – Sunday, Mar. 3
1D – Goettsching/Pereira (FC) def. Escobar/Baartvedt (UNG) 9-7
2D – Williams/Hazelman (UNG) def. Santiago/Sebkova (FC) 8-4
3D – Audrey Marlette/Nela Handac (UNG) def. Ingrilli/Cohen 9-8
1S – Cameron Williams (UNG) def. Barbora Sebkova (FC) 3-6, 7-6, 6-3
2S – Esther Santiago (FC) def. Mathilda Baartvedt (UNG) 6-3, 6-3
3S – Hanna Goettschings (FC) def. Natalia Escobar (UNG ) 7-5, 2-6, 6-0
4S – Thaisa Pereira (FC) def. Adalyn Hazelman (UNG) 6-1, 6-2
5S – Krista Ingrilli (FC) def. Jordan Poole (UNG) 2-6, 6-1, 6-4
6S – Mallory Kolts (UNG) def. Gabby Scammacca (FC) 6-4, 6-4