April 7, 2011

Lady Saints Fight off Vikings, Rally for 5-4 Victory

ROME, GA – The North Georgia women's tennis team played one of the tightest matches of the year on Thursday afternoon, using a pair of big performances to come away with a 5-4 victory over Berry College at Richards Tennis Complex.

The Lady Saints win back-to-back matches for the first time since the middle of March, improving to 9-11 overall, while the Vikings fall to 11-7 on the year.

North Georgia dropped the opening doubles match of the day, but bounced back with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles, including a 9-7 victory by Jordan Poole and Juliana Moscoso Chiang as the Lady Saints stormed back to take a 2-1 advantage heading to singles play.

Needing a trio of victories in singles to secure the match, North Georgia picked up wins in straight sets by Audrey Marlette (6-3, 6-2) and Jordan Poole (6-1, 6-1) to put the pressure on Stasa Vujosevic in the final match of the day.

Vujosevic found herself down early, dropping the first set 6-2, but the senior rebounded, taking the second set 6-4 and decisive set 6-2 to give North Georgia the victory.

North Georgia returns to action on Saturday afternoon, traveling to Georgia Southwestern for a Peach Belt Conference match against the Hurricanes. First serve is set for 2:30 p.m. at the Susan K. Smith Tennis Complex.

North Georgia 5, Berry College 4
Apr 07, 2011 at Rome, GA (Richards Tennis Complex)

Singles competition
1. Mariana Lebrao (BERRY) def. Laura Chapman (NGCSUW) 6-4, 6-3
2. Stasa Vujosevic (NGCSUW) def. Kendal Ruffner (BERRY) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
3. Laura Cunningham (BERRY) def. Juliana Chiang (NGCSUW) 6-0, 1-6, 6-3
4. Audrey Marlette (NGCSUW) def. Caitlin Smith (BERRY) 6-3, 6-2
5. Jordan Poole (NGCSUW) def. Liz Stepp (BERRY) 6-1, 6-1
6. Keri McGinnis (BERRY) def. Matilda Watson (NGCSUW) 6-0, 3-6, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Mariana Lebrao/Kendal Ruffner (BERRY) def. Stasa Vujosevic/Laura Chapman (NGCSUW) 8-4
2. Jordan Poole/Juliana Chiang (NGCSUW) def. Laura Cunningham/Caitlin Smith (BERRY) 9-7
3. Audrey Marlette/Matilda Watson (NGCSUW) def. Liz Stepp/Rachel Sandoval (BERRY) 8-3