Women’s tennis earns conference win versus West Georgia

by Associate Sports Editor Jacob Cole

The North Alabama women’s tennis team took down Gulf South Conference foe West Georgia with an 8-1 win at the UNA Tennis Complex.

With the win, UNA improved to 3-1 on the season and are now 2-0 in GSC play, including a 9-0 win over Christian Brothers.

The Lions started the afternoon sweeping all doubles matches they competed in to set the pace for the successful day, then followed with a dominant showing singles, said head coach Brice Bishop.

“In singles I thought we played extremely well,” Bishop said. “I thought we played ok in doubles, but I thought the girls played really well. It’s good to get them to play at that level and win quick matches.”

Sophomore Claudia Arroyo and junior Donna Haycock won 8-2. Senior Olivera Ngouabeu and sophomore Nele Seitz won the second doubles match 8-1. Freshman Nina Linke and sophomore Claire DeGeorge finished the sweep of the doubles matches with an 8-1 win.

The Lions’ one seed, Ngouebeu, won both sets 6-3. Arroyo swept her two sets with 6-0 tallies to clinch the early win for the team.

Linke closed out her two sets with 6-0 and 6-1 wins, while Seitz won 6-0 and 6-2 in her match. DeGeorge controlled both sets with 6-1 wins to improve UNA’s mark to 8-0 on the afternoon.

Senior Morgan Jose battled in her match, but would ultimately fall short in three sets for the team’s only loss. After losing the first match 5-7, Jose put together a 6-4 win to force a third set. Jose lost 10-8 in the final set to finish UNA’s day at 8-1.

“That’s probably the best singles we have played all year long,” Bishop said. “We were in control and didn’t let our level drop any, so I was proud of them.”

Both men’s and women’s tennis will face Delta State at home March 3 in their next match. This will be the fourth of six straight home matches for the women, while the men will begin a four-game home stand.