April 14, 2012

Lady Saints Falter Late, Drop 5-4 Decision to UNC Pembroke

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PEMBROKE, NC – The North Georgia women's tennis team dropped their sixth straight Peach Belt Conference match on Saturday afternoon falling 5-4 to UNC Pembroke at the UNCP Varsity Tennis Courts.

The Lady Saints (7-15, 1-9 PBC) have now lost 13 of their last 15 contests after starting the year 5-1, while the Braves (11-12, 2-9 PBC) won their third straight match. 

North Georgia came racing out of the gates taking all three doubles matches, but faltered in singles action losing five of the six matches. The Lady Saints appeared to have their second PBC win of the season after doubles action, but faltered late to suffer the loss.

The duo of Natalia Escobar and Juliana Moscoco-Chiang cruised to an 8-3 victory at No. 1 doubles, while Audrey Marlette/Jordan Poole and Nela Handac/Maria V Casseres Romero grinded out 8-6 and 9-7 wins respectively at No. 2 and No. doubles. 

Escobar was the lone Lady Saint to win in Singles action winning a marathon 6-4, 6-7, (1-7) 7-6 (8-6) match at No. 1 singles. Handac took the first set of her match 6-4 before dropping the final two at No. 5 singles.

The Lady Saints have a quick turnaround as they return to action tomorrow, April 15, when they travel to South Carolina to take on Francis Marion in Peach Belt Conference action.

UNC Pembroke 5, North Georgia 4
Apr 14, 2012 at Pembroke, N.C. (UNCP Varsity Tennis Courts)

Singles competition
1. Natalia Escobar (NGWOMEN) def. Mia Winterbottom (UNCP) 6-4, 6-7 (1-7), 7-6 (8-6)
2. Leigh-Anne McAfee (UNCP) def. Juliana Chiang (NGWOMEN) 6-4, 6-2
3. Hannah Herlocker (UNCP) def. Audrey Marlette (NGWOMEN) 6-3, 6-0
4. Shelby Bickel (UNCP) def. Jordan Poole (NGWOMEN) 6-2, 6-0
5. Madeline DiNunzio (UNCP) def. Nela Handac (NGWOMEN) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
6. Monica Espitia (UNCP) def. Maria Romero (NGWOMEN) 6-4, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Natalia Escobar/Juliana Chiang (NGWOMEN) def. Mia Winterbottom/Hannah Herlocker (UNCP) 8-3
2. Audrey Marlette/Jordan Poole (NGWOMEN) def. Leigh-Anne McAfee/Shelby Bickel (UNCP) 8-6
3. Maria Romero/Nela Handac (NGWOMEN) def. Madeline DiNunzio/Monica Espitia (UNCP) 9-
Match Notes
North Georgia 7-15, 1-9 PBC
UNC Pembroke 11-12, 2-9 PBC
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,3,2,5,1,6)