February 18, 2014

UNG Tennis Teams Post Sweep Over Visiting Newberry

DAHLONEGA, Georgia – (UNGAthletics.com) – The University of North Georgia men's and women's tennis teams completed a sweep of visiting Newberry College on Tuesday afternoon at the UNG Tennis Complex at Yahoola Creek Park.  The UNG men won 7-2 to improve to a perfect 4-0 on the season while the women rallied from a 2-1 deficit after the doubles flight win five of six singles matches and secure a 6-3 victory.

On the men's courts, North Georgia swept all three doubles matches to jump out to an early 3-0 lead.  The Wolves pushed North Georgia at the second doubles match but the Nighthawks' team of Giovani Santos and Sam Gantt earned a hard-fought tie-breaker victory over Fernando Espana/Carlos Nicolopulos 9-8 (4).

The Nighthawks closed out the match by breezing to four straight set singles victories at the bottom of the lineup from Santos (#3), Alex Reinauer (#4), Cameron Mistr (#5) and Matheus Pineda (#6). 

Newberry (2-2) won the top two singles spots in third set tiebreakers after both coaches agreed to play 10-point tiebreakers in lieu of a third set since the match had been decided. 

On the women's side, the Nighthawks won their third straight match after a season-opening 5-4 loss to regionally-ranked Erskine.  After Newberry posted victories in two of the three doubles matches, North Georgia rallied to win the top five singles spots including a pair of three-set thrillers at third and fourth singles.

Nela Handac and Audrey Marlette salvaged a doubles point by virtue of an 8-5 victory over Tara Lamers and Ariel Strong at third doubles.

In singles, Cameron Williams (#1) and Natalia Escobar (#2) breezed to victories at the top of the lineup to even the score at three apiece and Adalyn Hazelman's 6-2, 6-2 victory at #4 put the Nighthawks up 4-3.

Mathilde Baartvedt rebounded in the third set against Vanessa Ortiz at third singles to earn a 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 win and secure the match for North Georgia. 

The loss snapped a three-match winning streak for Newberry and dropped the Wolves to 5-3 on the year.

North Georgia returns to action on short rest as both teams travel to Cleveland, Tenn. to challenge Lee University at LU's Devos Tennis Center.