March 31, 2012

Lander Too Much for Lady Saints in Peach Belt Showdown

Contact: Steve Cunha,

DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia women's tennis team dropped their second straight Peach Belt Conference match on Saturday afternoon falling 6-3 to Lander University at the North Georgia Tennis Complex.

The Lady Saints (6-11, 1-5 PBC) have now lost 10 of their last 11, while the Bearcats (9-8, 4-5 PBC) snapped a four-game losing streak with the win. 

The Bearcats got off to a quick start taking two of the three doubles contest. Juliana Moscoco-Chiang and Natalia Escobar won a marathon match at No. 1 doubles, while Nela Handac and Maria V Casseres Romero dropped a 9-7 heartbreaker at No. 3 doubles.

Moscoco-Chiang and Escobar rallied to win their match 9-8 (7-5) to put North Georgia in striking position heading into singles action. 

In singles action, Moscoco-Chiang won her match when her opponent retired half way through the first set, while Handac won at No. 5 singles 6-0, 7-6 (10-5).

The Lady Saints return to the courts on Sunday, April 1, when they host USC Aiken in Peach Belt Conference action. First serve is set for 1:00 pm.

Lander University 6, North Georgia 3
Mar 31, 2012 at Dahlonega, Georgia (North Georgia Tennis Complex)

Singles competition
1. Aurelia Ruffat (LUW) def. Natalia Escobar (NGWOMEN) 6-7 (7-10), 6-2, 6-1
2. Juliana Chiang (NGWOMEN) def. Brandi Cordell (LUW) 3-4, retired
3. Eliza Adusumilli (LUW) def. Audrey Marlette (NGWOMEN) 6-3, 6-4
4. Cayce Bradley (LUW) def. Jordan Poole (NGWOMEN) 6-1, 6-1
5. Nela Handac (NGWOMEN) def. Lori Flick (LUW) 6-0, 7-6 (10-5)
6. Raissa Adusumilli (LUW) def. Maria Romero (NGWOMEN) 7-5, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. Natalia Escobar/Juliana Chiang (NGWOMEN) def. Brandi Cordell/Cayce Bradley (LUW) 9-8 (7-5)
2. Eliza Adusumilli/Raissa Adusumilli (LUW) def. Audrey Marlette/Jordan Poole (NGWOMEN) 8-2
3. Aurelia Ruffat/Nicola James (LUW) def. Nela Handac/Maria Romero (NGWOMEN) 9-7
Match Notes
Lander University 9-8, 4-5 PBC
North Georgia 6-11, 1-5 PBC
T-5:00 A-89