DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The University of North Georgia women's tennis team's Peach Belt Conference match with the University of North Carolina Pembroke came down to the final two singles matches playing on the court Sunday afternoon. When it was all said and done, the Braves escaped Dahonega with a 6-3 win that came down to the final few points in a tiebreaker at No. 6 singles.
Williams then used that momentum to take the win in No. 1 singles 6-2, 6-1 over Mia Winterbottom who was the No. 20 singles player in the Southeast Region entering this season.
Mathilda Baartvedt claimed the other singles match for the Saints with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Hannah Herlocker at No. 3 singles.
With the Braves ahead 4-3, everything came down to the results of the No. 5 and No. 6 singles matches. Senior Jordan Poole and Maddy DiNuzio traded points back and forth and sent their match into a tiebreaker that DiNuzio ultimately claimed, giving UNCP the necessary points for the win.
Hazelman's No. 5 singles match with Monica Espitia also came down to a tiebreaker set with Espitia claiming that match for the Braves.
The Saints will now jump out of their conference schedule to hit the road to take on Brevard College and Mars Hill College on Tuesday, Feb. 26 and Wednesday, Feb. 27. Both matches are set to start at 2:00 p.m. on their respective days.
Women's Tennis vs. UNC Pembroke (L, 3-6) – Saturday, Feb. 24
1D – Winterbottom/Herlocker (UNCP) def. Escobar/Baartvedt (UNG) 8-1
2D – Williams/Hazelman (UNG) def. McAfee/Bickel (UNCP) 8-4
3D – DiNunzio/Ally Johnson (UNCP) def. Audrey Marlette/Nela Handac (UNG) 8-6
1S – Cameron Williams (UNG) def. Mia Winterbottom 6-2, 6-1
2S – Leigh Anne McAfee (UNCP)) def. Natalia Escobar (UNG) 2-6, 7-5, 6-1
3S – Mathilda Baartvedt (UNG) def. Hannah Herlocker (UNCP) 6-2, 6-3
4S – Shelby Bickel (UNCP) def. Natasha Bertolucci (UNG) 6-0, 6-2
5S – Monica Espitia (UNCP) def. Adalyn Hazelman (UNG) 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6)
6S – Maddy DiNunzio (UNCP) def. Jordan Poole (UNG) 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (6)