March 28, 2012

Lady Saints Run by Montevallo, Pick up First Conference Win

DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia women's tennis team snapped their eight-match losing streak on Wednesday afternoon as they raced past Montevallo 9-0 in Peach Belt Conference action at the North Georgia Tennis Complex.

The Lady Saints (6-9, 1-3 PBC) picked up their first conference win of the season, while Montevallo (6-11, 0-7 PBC) lost their fifth straight match.

North Georgia has now won their last three matches against the Falcons, with all three of those victories coming without dropping a single point.

The Lady Saints came out of the gates hot, sweeping doubles action for the fifth time this season. Natalia Escobar and Juliana Moscoco-Chiang outlasted their opponents at No. 1 Doubles winning 8-1, while Audrey Marlette and Jordan Poole cruised to an 8-1 victory at No. 2 doubles. The duo of Nela Handac and Maria V Casseres Romero won their match at No. 3 doubles by default.

In singles action, the Lady Saints took five matches in straight sets. Handac had her best performance in conference play, winning her match 6-1, 6-1 at No. 5 singles to clinch the victory.

Marlette found herself in a battle in the last match of the day, taking on Stevens at No. 3 singles, but the sophomore pulled away to win the opening set 7-5, before cruising to a 6-2 victory in the second match to seal the 9-0 victory over the Falcons.

The Lady Saints return to the courts tomorrow, March 29, when they host Columbus State in Peach Belt Conference action. First serve is slated for 2:00 p.m. at the North Georgia Tennis Complex.

North Georgia 9, University of Montevallo 0
Mar 28, 2012 at Dahlonega, GA (North Georgia Tennis Complex)

Singles competition
1. Natalia Escobar (NGWOMEN) def. Helene Nordgreen (UM) 6-4, 6-2
2. Juliana Chiang (NGWOMEN) def. Lauren Blair (UM) 6-3, 6-2
3. Audrey Marlette (NGWOMEN) def. Meagan Stevens (UM) 7-5, 6-2
4. Jordan Poole (NGWOMEN) def. Amy McGucken (UM) 6-2, 6-3
5. Nela Handac (NGWOMEN) def. Kiana Banks (UM) 6-1, 6-1
6. Maria Romero (NGWOMEN) def. No player (UM), by default
Doubles competition
1. Natalia Escobar/Juliana Chiang (NGWOMEN) def. Helene Nordgreen/Lauren Blair (UM) 8-6
2. Jordan Poole/Audrey Marlette (NGWOMEN) def. Amy McGucken/Meagan Stevens (UM) 8-1
3. Nela Handac/Maria Romero (NGWOMEN) def. Kiana Banks/No player (UM), by default
Match Notes
University of Montevallo 6-11, 0-7 PBC
North Georgia 6-9, 1-3 PBC
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (5,4,2,1,3)