NEWBERRY, S.C. - The University of North Georgia tennis teams wrapped up the 2013 regular-season on the road at Newberry College. The women finished their season strong with their third win in a row, a 6-3 victory over the Wolves, while the men dropped a heartbreaker 4-5.
The Saint women end the season 10-11 overall and 6-2 in non-conference play after winning their last six non-conference games following a slow 0-2 start to Shorter University and then NAIA third-ranked Brenau University.
Natalia Escobar and Mathilda Baartvedt won at No. 2 doubles while Nela Handac and Audrey Marlette combined for another victory at No. 3 doubles to give the Saints a 2-1 lead heading into singles action.
From there, the Saint women continued to battle hard and took victories at No. 1, 3, 5 and 6 singles including two in three sets by Cameron Williams and Natalia Escobar at No. 1 and 3 singles respectively.
The 32nd-ranked Saint men wrap up their regular-season 9-9 overall, including a 7-1 record out of conference after dropping their second 5-4 decision in a row.
The 21st-ranked doubles tandem of Felipe Friedrich and Matheus Guida took down Michael Saunders and Vinicius Botelho at No. 1 doubles, but the Wolves took a 2-1 lead out of doubles action with wins at No. 2 and 3.
Friedrich then wrapped up his senior campaign with a three-set, 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 victory over Saunders at No. 1 singles. Friedrich ends the season 15-3, including a perfect 8-0 in non-conference action at No. 1 singles, while Giovani Santos and Matheus Pineda gave the Saints their final two victories in singles action at No. 3 and No. 6.
Women's Tennis vs. Newberry (W, 6-3) – Wednesday, Apr. 10
1D – Aguirre/Adum (NC) def. Williams/Hazelman (UNG) 8-4
2D – Escobar/Baartvedt (UNG) def. McManus/Ziehe (NC) 8-2
3D – Handac/Audrey Marlette (UNG) def. Strong/Connelly (NC) 8-1
1S – Cameron Williams (UNG) def. Susana Aguirre (NC) 6-2, 6-2
2S – Romina Adum (NC) def. Mathilda Baartvedt (UNG) 7-5, 6-4
3S – Natalia Escobar (UNG) def. Ariel Strong (NC) 6-2, 2-6, 6-0
4S – Marina Ziehe (NC) def. Adalyn Hazelman (UNG) 6-2, 6-4
5S – Nela Handac (UNG) def. Shannon McManus (NC) 6-2, 6-4
6S – Jordan Poole (UNG) def. Sierra Hoover (NC) 6-0, 6-2
#32 Men's Tennis vs. Newberry (L, 4-5) – Tuesday, Apr. 10
1D – #21 Friedrich/Guida (UNG) def. Saunders/Botelho (NC) 8-6
2D – Nicolopulos/Loveridge (NC) def. Gantt/Santos (UNG) 9-7
3D – Espana/David Sons (NC) def. Andy McMaster/Pineda (UNG) 8-2
1S – #31 Felipe Friedrich (UNG) def. Michael Saunders (NC) 6-4, 2-6, 7-5
2S – Vinicius Botelho (NC) def. Matheus Guida (UNG) 6-2, 6-2
3S – Giovani Santos (UNG) def. Carlos Nicolopulos (NC) 6-3, 6-2
4S – Fernando Espana (NC) def. Sam Gantt (UNG) 6-0, 6-3
5S – Cal Loveridge (NC) def. Mario Mesquita (UNG) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3)
6S – Matheus Pineda (UNG) def. Jeffery Kiser (NC) 6-2, 6-4