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Tennis continues slide with 8-1 loss

Tennis continues slide with 8-1 lossTennis

By Dashuan Vereen, Sports Writer

UNCP’s Leigh-Anne McAfee captured the only win of the day as the tennis team fell to North Georgia on a final score of 8-1.

This marks the Black and Gold’s fifth straight loss, while North Georgia is flying high on a nine-match winning streak.

Doubles

Felicia Baratta and Rita Kaldawi bested Kelsey Vanquaethem and Gabriela van Ooststroom at No. 1 singles, 8-2. Vanquaethem and van Ooststroom are 15-14 in doubles matches this season.

On the second court, Morgan Sheehan and McAfee dropped their match to Simone Krog and Natalia Escobar, 8-1.

Sheehan and McAfee have lost both the doubles matches they have competed in together.

On court No. 3 Mathilde Baartvedt and Nela Handac defeated Monica Espitia and Hannah Ammons, 8-1.

Espitia and Ammons have only played in two doubles matches together this season, losing both.

Singles

McAfee got the Lady Braves on the board after outlasting Baratta at court No. 1, 6-0, 1-6, 1-0 (7). The win moves McAfee to an even 14-14 in singles competition in the season.

The Nighthawks got its first point of the day in singles competition from Escobar at the second court, as she finished off Vanquaethem, 7-5, 6-1. Vanquaethem is now 7-18 on the year in singles play.

Kaldawi captured a 6-4, 6-1 win over van Ooststroom at No. 3 singles and Baartvedt got a victory over Espitia at No. 4 singles, 6-3, 6-4. The loss puts van Ooststroom at just under .500 for the year in singles action (12-13). Espitia falls to 9-14 in singles play for the year.

Hannah Standord swept Sheehan for a 6-0, 6-0 victory at court No. 5 and Krog finished the day with a sweep over Ammons, 6-0, 6-0.

Sheehan is now 11-16 in singles play for the year and Ammons is 0-4 for the Black and Gold.

Photo by Catherine George. Monica Espitia returns the ball in a doubles match earlier this season.