April 7, 2012

Short-Handed Lakers Take Down North Georgia 7-2

Contact: David Beall, jdbeall@northgeorgia.edu

DAHLONEGA, GA – The struggles continued for the North Georgia women's tennis team on Saturday afternoon at 11th-ranked Clayton State, falling 7-2 at the Laker Courts in Peach Belt Conference action.

The Lady Saints (6-13, 1-7 PBC) have now lost four straight and 12 of their last 13, while the Lakers, ranked 11th in the latest ITA national rankings, improved to 7-10 overall and 6-4 in league action. 

Competing down a player, Clayton State came out on top in all seven of the matches played, while North Georgia won by default at No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles to capture their only points of the day.

Juliana Chiang and Natalia Escobar put up a fight at No. 1 doubles, but fell 8-6 to Martina Dedaj and Jessica Budd. Audrey Marlette and Jordan Poole were swept at No. 2 doubles, falling 8-0 to Marie Cercelletti and Charlotte Fabricius. 

North Georgia fell in straight sets in all five of the singles matches played. Chiang put up the biggest fight, falling 6-3, 6-3, while Nela Handac forced the issue at No. 5 singles in the first set, falling 6-4 in the opening set before being shutout in the second set.

The Lady Saints return to action on Monday afternoon, traveling to Georgia College to take on the Bobcats in Peach Belt Conference action. First serve is slated for 2:30 p.m. in Milledgeville.

#11 Clayton State 7, North Georgia 2
Apr 07, 2012 at Morrow, Georgia (Laker Courts)

Singles competition
1. Marie Cercelletti (CLSW) def. Natalia Escobar (NGWOMEN) 6-1, 6-4
2. Martina Dedaj (CLSW) def. Juliana Chiang (NGWOMEN) 6-3, 6-3
3. Charlotte Fabricius (CLSW) def. Audrey Marlette (NGWOMEN) 6-2, 6-1
4. Jessica Budd (CLSW) def. Jordan Poole (NGWOMEN) 6-2, 6-3
5. Alyze' Pagal (CLSW) def. Nela Handac (NGWOMEN) 6-4, 6-0
6. Maria Romero (NGWOMEN) def. No player (CLSW), by default
Doubles competition
1. Martina Dedaj/Jessica Budd (CLSW) def. Natalia Escobar/Juliana Chiang (NGWOMEN) 8-6
2. Marie Cercelletti/Charlotte Fabricius (CLSW) def. Audrey Marlette/Jordan Poole (NGWOMEN) 8-0
3. Nela Handac/Maria Romero (NGWOMEN) def. No player/No player (CLSW), by default
Match Notes
North Georgia 6-13, 1-7 PBC
Clayton State 7-10, 6-4 PBC; National ranking #11; Regional ranking #4
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