Nighthawks Down UNC Pembroke 8-1 In Women's Tennis Action
PEMBROKE, North Carolina – (UNGAthletics.com) – Junior Nela Handac tallied a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 victory at fifth singles to seal the University of North Georgia women's tennis team's first Peach Belt Conference win of the season, 8-1 over host UNC Pembroke. The win moves the Nighthawks to 5-2 overall and an even 1-1 in league matches.
UNG jumped out of the gates by putting a complete sweep of doubles on the scoresheet and head to the singles matches with a 3-0 lead. The top doubles tandem of Cameron Williams and Adalyn Hazelman posted a tough 8-6 win over UNCP's team of Shelby Bickel and Hannah Herlocker for the sweep.
After Natalia Escobar was forced to retire at second single giving UNCP its lone point, the team responded by rallying to tilt the remaining five singles matches in the favor of the Nighthawks.
Hazelman was the first off the courts with an easy 6-2, 6-3 win over Gabriela van Ooststroom at fourth singles. The remaining four singles victories saw North Georgia win three-set decisions capped by Williams rallying from an early set loss to capture a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Leigh-Ann McAfee at #1 singles.
North Georgia returns to the courts on March 1 when top-ranked and two-time defending national champion Armstrong Atlantic State comes to Dahlonega for a Peach Belt Conference match set for 3:00 at the UNG Tennis Complex at Yahoola Creek Park.