April 1, 2012

Pacers Strike Early, Take Down Lady Saints in PBC Action

Contact David Beall: jdbeall@northgeorgia.edu

DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia women's tennis team dropped their third straight match on Sunday afternoon, falling 8-1 at the hands of USC Aiken in Peach Belt Conference action at the North Georgia Tennis Complex.

The Lady Saints fall to 6-12 overall and 1-6 in the Peach Belt Conference with the loss, while the Pacers improve to 11-5 overall and 5-3 in league play as they won their third straight road match.

North Georgia could do little right in the early going, dropping all three doubles matches to fall behind 3-0. The Lady Saints all but had a victory at No. 1 doubles as the duo of Natalia Escobar and Juliana Chiang led 7-4, but Manon Hermens and Franziska Regel battled back to force a tiebreaker before winning 9-8 (7-5) to clinch a sweep in doubles.

The only point of the day for the Lady Saints came at No. 5 singles where Nela Handac defeated Julie Maline in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2. Jordan Poole forced Andrea Cediel into a second set tiebreaker before falling 6-1, 7-6 (9-7).

North Georgia dropped the remaining singles matches in straight sets and suffered another Peach Belt Conference setback at home.

The Lady Saints return to action on Wednesday, April 4, as they welcome Young Harris to town for a non-conference showdown. First serve is slated for 2:00 p.m.

USC Aiken 8, North Georgia 1
Apr 01, 2012 at Dahlonega, GA (North Georgia Tennis Complex)

Singles competition
1. Manon Hermens (USCAW) def. Natalia Escobar (NGWOMEN) 6-3, 6-4
2. Margot Simon (USCAW) def. Juliana Chiang (NGWOMEN) 6-0, 6-0
3. Franziska Regel (USCAW) def. Audrey Marlette (NGWOMEN) 7-5, 6-4
4. Andrea Cediel (USCAW) def. Jordan Poole (NGWOMEN) 6-1, 7-6 (9-7)
5. Nela Handac (NGWOMEN) def. Julie Maline (USCAW) 6-2, 6-2
6. Gina Kothari (USCAW) def. Maria Romero (NGWOMEN) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Manon Hermens/Franziska Regel (USCAW) def. Natalia Escobar/Juliana Chiang (NGWOMEN) 9-8 (7-5)
2. Shauna Williams/Margot Simon (USCAW) def. Jordan Poole/Audrey Marlette (NGWOMEN) 8-4
3. Andrea Cediel/Gina Kothari (USCAW) def. Nela Handac/Maria Romero (NGWOMEN) 8-4
Match Notes
USC Aiken 11-5, 5-3 PBC
North Georgia 6-12, 1-6 PBC
Official: CJ Weaver A-104