Brenau University won four singles matches en route to a 6-3 win in a nonconference women’s tennis match against Young Harris College on Wednesday in Young Harris.
With the win, the Golden Tigers, ranked No. 3 in the NAIA, improved to 2-0, while the Mountain Lions suffered their first loss of the season and fell to 2-1. No. 24 Young Harris returns to action at 2 p.m. Saturday against Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tenn.
The Golden Tigers a took a 2-1 lead after doubles as Vladica Djurdjevic and Sophie van Beijnum won 7-2 in a tiebreaker over Lina Parra Pava and Diana DiMarco at the No. 3 flight. Young Harris’ Jane Plevako and Charlotte Dawson picked up the doubles win for the Mountain Lions at the first flight over Dominika Jasova and Zalina Nazarova 8-5.
The Mountain Lions tied the match at 3 as Carolina Hernandez and Diana DiMarco picked up wins at No. 5 and 6 singles. The Golden Tigers took the lead back as Jasova, who is ranked fourth in the NAIA, edged Plevako, who is ranked No. 24 in NCAA Division II, in three sets (0-6, 6-2, 6-2). Brenau clinched the match win when Nazarova defeated Pava 7-6 (5), 6-1 in the third flight.
NORTH GEORGIA TENNIS SPLITS WITH SHORTER: The No. 23-ranked North Georgia College and State University men’s tennis team took down the Hawks of Shorter University 5-4, while the women fell 4-5 to the Hawks at the North Georgia Tennis Complex in Dahlonega.
Both North Georgia teams were able to jump out to 2-1 leads following the doubles portion of the matches.
On the men’s side, Sam Gantt and Giovani Santos took down Colt Kelley and Robert Watson 8-5 at No. 2 doubles while Mario Mesquita and Ernesto Farinas defeated Marc Guerry and Nikola Pavlovic 8-4 at No. 3 doubles.
For the women, Natalia Escobar and Mathilda Baartvedt won at No. 1 doubles 8-5 over Candice Laurent and Aurelie Gaborit and Cameron Williams teamed up with Adalyn Hazelman to take down Iesha Holton and Sicquena Sinclair 8-2 at No. 2.
In singles action, both matches came down to the final two contests on the courts as the Saints found themselves up 4-3 in both the men’s and women’s matches.
On the men’s side, Friedrich took down Romain Lefevre (6-3, 6-4) at No. 1 singles and Santos defeated Guerry (6-3, 3-6, 6-0) in three sets to set the score at 4-3 with the final two matches left to be contested. Mateus Pineda ultimately claimed the needed fifth victory for the Saints when he took down Kelley in three sets ( 6-1, 4-6, 6-4).
For the women, Escobar and Baartvedt each won their singles matches at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, leaving Audrey Marlette and Natasha Bertolucci as the final two Saints left on the court to decide the match. Marlette ultimately fell (6-3, 6-1) to Alicia Gallard, leaving the tie-breaker hinging on the No. 5 singles match between Bertolucci and Sinclair. Sinclair claimed the win after dropping the first set 4-6 with two-straight 6-0 in the second and third sets.
The Saint women will play another home match against Erskine College at 2 p.m. Friday in Dahlonega. The men play Erskine at 1 p.m. Saturday in Due West, S.C.