GREENSBORO, N.C. – Winning three of its last four matches, including back-to-back wins against Northern Colorado and Colorado State on March 6th and March 7th, respectively, the UNCG women’s tennis team heads to Greenville, S.C., on Wednesday, March 13 to open Southern Conference play against Furman at 3 p.m.
The host Paladins head into the match with a 14-1 overall mark and are 1-0 in league action after snagging a 7-0 win over Western Carolina on Feb. 28. Furman has won its last 11 straight, six by virtue of a sweep, dating back to a 7-0 triumph over Emmanuel on Feb. 3.
“The team is very excited to start Southern Conference play,” said UNCG head coach Ale Guerra. “We had a great week in Colorado, got a great team effort and the team is ready to be on the court competing again.”
The UNCG women’s tennis team completed a sweep through Colorado with a 4-3 win over Colorado State, which gave the Spartans their fourth victory of the season and back-to-back wins, after downing Northern Colorado on Wednesday by a 7-0 margin, for the first time in 2019.
Colorado State (7-4) opened the match with a 6-3 doubles win by Emily Luetschwager / Priscilla Palmero, who faced Sophia Adams / Eugenia Camacho. The Rams went onto claim the doubles point after the tandem of Stella Cliffe / Emily Kolbow downed Nancy Bridges / Erika Barquero by a 6-4 margin.
UNCG brought the match to a 1-1 tie in singles as Brianna Gomez claimed a 6-2, 6-4 win over Alyssa Grijalva. Bridges rebounded from her doubles setback to give the Spartans (4-6) a one-point lead in the match with a 6-2, 6-3 victory against Luetschwager.
Adams came through with her fifth singles win of the season, moving the UNCG lead to 3-1 in the match, as she fought past Cliffe 6-4, 6-4 in No. 2 singles. Teammate Emily Ory completed the Spartans team win as she overcame a first set loss against Emma Corwin to emerge 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Palmero snagged her second win of the evening (4-6, 6-4, 6-3) by defeating Eugenia Camacho in the clash of No. 5 singles. Nancy Ghanem followed that with a tightly-contested 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 victory over Barquero, making for the 4-3 team final.