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GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG women’s tennis opened the home season Friday afternoon at the UNCG Tennis Courts hosting the East Carolina Pirates. The Spartans came up short, falling 6-1. The Blue and Gold are now 0-2 on the season, while ECU improves to 3-1.

Doubles action got the day rolling as ECU took the first point. Lisa Hofbrauer and Celia Ruiz defeated Nancy Bridges (Shelby, N.C./Shelby) and Blaine Boaz (Dunwoody, Ga./Saint Pius X), 6-2 at No. 1. UNCG evened the scoring as Alice Taylor (Cambridge, Great Britain/UMBC) and Corinne Blythe (Leicestershire, Great Britain/Queenswood School) defeated Alisa Diercksen and Maria Gomez, 6-2 at No. 2. Hsia Ho Chiao partnered with Nastja Rettich to clinch the point, defeating Emily Ory (Lafayette, La./Louisiana Connections Academy) and Sophia Adams (Miami, Fla./TERRA Environmental Institute) at No. 3, 6-3.

Singles action saw UNCG fall at No. 1-5, but Brianna Gomez (Miami, Fla./John A. Ferguson) notched a 6-4, 6-1 win over Sara Sarjoo at No.6 for UNCG’s lone point of the afternoon.

Singles competition

  1. Celia Ruiz (ECU) def. Alice Taylor (UNCG) 6-0, 6-1
  2. Lisa Hofbauer (ECU) def. Nancy Bridges (UNCG) 6-4, 6-1
  3. Alisa Diercksen (ECU) def. Blaine Boaz (UNCG) 6-4, 6-1
  4. Nastja Rettich (ECU) def. Corinne Blythe (UNCG) 6-4, 6-1
  5. Hsia Ho Chiao (ECU) def. Sophia Adams (UNCG) 6-3, 1-6, 7-4
  6. Brianna Gomez (UNCG) def. Sarah Sarjoo (ECU) 6-4, 6-1

Doubles competition

  1. Lisa Hofbauer/Celia Ruiz (ECU) def. Nancy Bridges/Blaine Boaz (UNCG) 6-2
  2. Alice Taylor/Corinne Blythe (UNCG) def. Alisa Diercksen/Maria Gomez (ECU) 6-2
  3. Hsia Ho Chiao/Nastja Rettich (ECU) def. Emily Ory/Sophia Adams (UNCG) 6-3

UNCG is back in action next Wednesday as it takes on the UNCW Seahawks in Wilmington, North Carolina at 2 p.m.