February 18, 2011

Lady Saints Stifle Braves 8-1 in Peach Belt Opener

PEMBROKE, NC – The North Georgia women's tennis team opened up Peach Belt Conference play on Friday afternoon, traveling to UNC Pembroke and taking down the Braves 8-1 at UNCP's  Varsity Tennis Courts.

North Georgia rallied from late deficits to capture a pair of key victories in doubles play, and then registered five singles victories in straight sets, to pick up a key Peach Belt Conference victory over UNCP on Friday afternoon at UNCP's Varsity Tennis Courts.

The triumph helped North Georgia (3-1, 1-0 PBC) record its second consecutive series victory against the Braves, (1-3, 0-2) the first time the Layd Saints have accomplished that feat in the history of the seven-match-old series.

The win also helped the Lady Saints rebound from their lone loss of the season on Tuesday against Brenau at home. The result marked the third-straight setback for UNCP since a season-opening 9-0 win over region rival Fayetteville State.

North Georgia's Laura Chapman and Stasa Vujosevic made quick work of Jenna McGary and Hannah Herlocker at No. 1 doubles with an 8-1 ouster, but the visitors found wins in the other two doubles matches to be a bit more difficult. Trailing 6-5 in both remaining doubles bouts, Audrey Marlette and Jordan Poole won the last three games on court No. 2 to take an 8-6 win over UNCP's Mia Winterbottom and Madeline DiNunzio.

Juliana Chiang and Matilda Watson posted a similar comeback at No. 3 doubles, but had to rely on a tiebreaker (9-7) to prevail over Christian Minnick and Maricel Quintero with a 9-8 final.

Marlette's 6-2, 6-2 win over Quintero at No. 4 singles, coupled with Chang's 6-4, 6-4 ouster of Herlocker, would give the team victory to the Saints, but the visitors kept the momentum going with three more individual wins on the day. Chapman defeated McGary 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 on court No. 1, Poole topped Dinunzio 6-4 and 6-4 at No. 5 singles and Vujosevic completed the scoring on the day for the Saints with a 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 10-7 win over Winterbottom on court No. 2.

Minnick would pick up the lone point of the day for the Braves at No. 6 singles with a straight-sets victory over Watson, 6-4 and 6-2.

North Georgia returns to action on Sunday morning, welcoming Francis Marion to town for another Peach Belt Conference matchup. First serve against the Patriots is set for 11:00 a.m. at the Yahoola Creek Tennis Complex.

North Georgia 8, UNC Pembroke 1
Feb 18, 2011 at Pembroke, N.C. (Varsity Tennis Courts)

Singles competition
1. Laura Chapman (NGCSUW) def. Jenna McGary (UNCP) 7-6 (8-6), 6-3
2. Stasa Vujosevic (NGCSUW) def. Mia Winterbottom (UNCP) 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 10-7
3. Juliana Chiang (NGCSUW) def. Hannah Herlocker (UNCP) 6-4, 6-4
4. Audrey Marlette (NGCSUW) def. Maricel Quintero (UNCP) 6-2, 6-2
5. Jordan Poole (NGCSUW) def. Madeline DiNunzio (UNCP) 6-4, 6-4
6. Christian Minnick (UNCP) def. Matilda Watson (NGCSUW) 6-4, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Laura Chapman/Stasa Vujosevic (NGCSUW) def. Jenna McGary/Hannah Herlocker (UNCP) 8-1
2. Audrey Marlette/Jordan Poole (NGCSUW) def. Mia Winterbottom/Madeline DiNunzio (UNCP) 8-6
3. Juliana Chiang/Matilda Watson (NGCSUW) def. Christian Minnick/Maricel Quintero (UNCP) 9-8 (9-7)