DAHLONEGA, GA – Battling their second nationally ranked team in four league matches this season, the North Georgia women's tennis came up on the short end of a 9-0 decision against 9th-ranked Clayton State University at the Yahoola Creek Tennis Complex in Peach Belt Conference action.
The Lady Saints see their two-match winning streak halted, falling to 5-3 overall on the year and 2-2 in Peach Belt Conference action. The Lakers, who opened the year as the 9th-ranked team in the land, improve to 3-1 overall and 3-1 in the league play with their first shutout of the season.
North Georgia had chanced to take lead in doubles action as Jordan Poole and Matilda Watson led 4-3 at No. 3 doubles, but Clayton State's Jessica Budd and Martina Dedaj rallied back for the 8-5 victory.
Juliana Chiang and Audrey Marlette also held an early lead at No. 2 doubles over the 15th-ranked duo of Marie Cercelletti and Katie White, but the Lakers held on for the 8-6 victory. The Lady Saints trailed 7-3 in the match before rallying back with three straight games, but the nationally ranked pair from CSU held off the surge for the victory.
No. 1 doubles proved to be the quickest of the three matches as the Stasa Vujosevic and Laura Chapman were blanked 8-0 by the 8th-ranked doubles team in the country, falling to Viktoriya Semyrodenko and Ivana Krommelova to give Clayton State a 3-0 lead heading to singles action.
The closest singles match of the day came at No. 4 where Dedaj held off Marlette in a third set tiebreaker. Marlette cruised to a 6-1 win in the opening set, but Dedaj fought back to take the second set 6-4, before grinding out the tiebreaker 10-8 for the victory.
The Lady Saints will have six days off before returning to action on Saturday, March 5, traveling to Americus, Ga., to battle the Hurricanes in another Peach Belt Conference matchup.
|1. #33 V. Semyrodenko (CLSW) def. Laura Chapman (NGCSUW) 6-2, 6-0|
|2. Ivana Krommelova (CLSW) def. Stasa Vujosevic (NGCSUW) 6-2, 7-5|
|3. Marie Cercelletti (CLSW) def. Juliana Chiang (NGCSUW) 6-2, 6-0|
|4. Martina Dedaj (CLSW) def. Audrey Marlette (NGCSUW) 1-6, 6-4, 10-8|
|5. Charlotte Fabricius (CLSW) def. Jordan Poole (NGCSUW) 6-3, 6-3|
|6. Jessica Budd (CLSW) def. Matilda Watson (NGCSUW) 6-0, 6-0|
|1. #8 V. Semyrodenko/Ivana Krommelova (CLSW) def. Stasa Vujosevic/Laura Chapman (NGCSUW) 8-0|
|2. #15 Marie Cercelletti/Katie White (CLSW) def. Juliana Chiang/Audrey Marlette (NGCSUW) 8-6|
|3. Jessica Budd/Martina Dedaj (CLSW) def. Jordan Poole/Matilda Watson (NGCSUW) 8-5|