March 20, 2012

Tornados Sweep Doubles, Hold off Lady Saints 7-2

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DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia women's tennis team dropped their seventh straight match on Tuesday afternoon, falling 7-2 to Brevard at the North Georgia Tennis Complex.

After opening the 2012 campaign red hot with a 4-0 start the Lady Saints (5-8) have struggled, dropping eight of their last nine, while Brevard (8-5) has won five of their last six matches after a 3-4 start.

Things got off to an ominous start for the Lady Saints as they had to forfeit one of their doubles matches and the Tornados took the remaining two doubles, forcing North Georgia to climb out of an early 3-0 hole.

Brevard stretched their lead in singles action as they took four of the six matches.

Natalia Escobar continued her strong spring with a 6-0, 6-0 straight set victory at No.1 doubles, while Maria V Casseres Romero scored the other point for the Lady Saints as she won her match at No. 6 singles when her opponent retired after the first set.

Jordan Poole found herself down a set early, but rallied back to force a third set tiebreaker. The tiebreaker proved to be a marathon, as the Buford, Ga., native traded points with her counterpart before falling 16-14 in dramatic fashion.

North Georgia looks to bounce back and return in the win column on Wednesday, March 21, when they travel to in-state rival Young Harris. First serve is set for 2:00 pm.

Brevard 7, North Georgia 2
Mar 20, 2012 at Dahlonega, GA (North Georgia Tennis Complex)

Singles competition
1. Natalia Escobar (NGWOMEN) def. Lindsay Hostetter (BCW) 6-0, 6-0
2. Claire Dillman (BCW) def. Juliana Chiang (NGWOMEN) 6-0, 7-6 (7-1)
3. Michelle Prata (BCW) def. Audrey Marlette (NGWOMEN) 7-5, 6-2
4. Elise Labus (BCW) def. Jordan Poole (NGWOMEN) 2-6, 6-3, 16-14
5. Jennifer Nyman (BCW) def. Nela Handac (NGWOMEN) 6-1, 6-3
6. Maria Romero (NGWOMEN) def. Ana Drummond (BCW) 6-0, retired
Doubles competition
1. Claire Dillman/Michelle Prata (BCW) def. Natalia Escobar/Audrey Marlette (NGWOMEN) 8-5
2. Lindsay Hostetter/Jennifer Nyman (BCW) def. Jordan Poole/Nela Handac (NGWOMEN) 9-7
3. Elise Labus/Ana Drummond (BCW) def. Maria Romero/Juliana Chiang (NGWOMEN), by forfeit
Match Notes
Brevard 8-5
North Georgia 5-8