April 15, 2012

Lady Saints Fall 8-1 to 10th-Ranked Francis Marion

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FLORENCE, SC – The woes continued for the North Georgia women's tennis team on Sunday as they dropped their seventh straight Peach Belt Conference match falling 8-1 to Francis Marion at the Kassab Courts.

After a hot 5-1 start the Lady Saints (7-16, 1-10 PBC) have lost 15 of their last 17 matches, while the Patriots (16-2, 10-2 PBC) wrapped up their regular season riding a four-match winning streak. 

The Lady Saints were outmatched in doubles dropping all three of the matches. Nela Handac and Maria V Casseres Romero put up the toughest fight for North Georgia falling 8-5 at No. 3 doubles, while Natalia Escobar and Juliana Chiang fell 8-2 to the No .7 doubles duo in the nation.

In singles action, the Lady Saints dropped five of the six matches in straight sets, while Romero picked up the lone win for North Georgia at No. 6 singles. 

Romero won her match by taking a third-set tiebreaker 11-9.

The Lady Saints return to the courts on April 17, when they host Augusta State in the final match of the season.

#10 Francis Marion University 8, North Georgia 1
Apr 15, 2012 at Florence, SC (Kassab Courts)

Singles competition
1. #11 Jitka Gavdunova (FMUW) def. Natalia Escobar (NGWOMEN) 6-0, 6-1
2. #21 Mona Blauen (FMUW) def. Juliana Chiang (NGWOMEN) 6-0, 6-0
3. Kimberley Hurter (FMUW) def. Audrey Marlette (NGWOMEN) 6-2, 6-2
4. Julia Graf (FMUW) def. Jordan Poole (NGWOMEN) 6-0, 6-0
5. Kerry Hall (FMUW) def. Nela Handac (NGWOMEN) 6-1, 6-1
6. Maria Romero (NGWOMEN) def. Caitlin Siney (FMUW) 6-2, 4-6, 11-9
Doubles competition
1. #7 Jitka Gavdunova/Mona Blauen (FMUW) def. Natalia Escobar/Juliana Chiang (NGWOMEN) 8-2
2. Kimberley Hurter/Julia Graf (FMUW) def. Audrey Marlette/Jordan Poole (NGWOMEN) 8-1
3. Kerry Hall/Caitlin Siney (FMUW) def. Nela Handac/Maria Romero (NGWOMEN) 8-
Match Notes
North Georgia 7-16, 1-10
Francis Marion University 16-2, 10-2; National ranking #10; Regional ranking #3