BOONE, N.C. – The UNCG women’s tennis team played over six-hours coming away with a 5-2 victory against Southern Conference rival Appalachian State Thursday night in Boone, N.C.
UNCG improved to 5-8, 3-1 in the SoCon on the season while Appalachian State falls to 4-14, 0-5 in the SoCon.
The Spartans took a 1-0 lead after winning the first two doubles matches. Freshman Yasmin Franco (Largo, Fla./Indian Rocks Christian) and senior Dilara Yurtkuran (Istanbul, Turkey/Gunes Koleji) defeated Clare Cox and McKayla Zupan, 8-2 at No. 2 doubles. At No. 1 doubles, Devon Sutherland (Lake Wylie, S.C./Clover) and Kayla Gammie (Port St. Lucie, Fla./Broward Virtual School) clinched the point with a 8-4 win against Mackenzie LaSure and Gabrielle Wreder.
Stephanie Falcon(Marietta, Ga./Walton) and Soumeya Anane (Coventry, Great Britain/Tile Hill Wood School) were leading 5-4 at No. 3 doubles against Brianna Armellino and Megan Mullen.
In singles, Anane won in straight sets against LaSure, 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 singles to give UNCG a 2-0 lead. The Mountaineers cut the lead to 2-1 after Cox took down Yurtkuran, 6-4, 7-5 at No. 1 singles.
UNCG took a 3-1 lead after Falcon won in three sets against Wreder, 5-7, 7-3, 6-2 at No. 3 singles. The Spartans clinched the victory after Gammie won in straight sets against Armellino, 6-2, 6-3 at No. 4 singles.
Both of the final matches went to super tiebreakers as sophomore Jamie Grinberg (Chapel Hill, N.C./East Chapel Hill) lost to Mullen, 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (10-8). Grinberg forced a super tiebreaker by winning the second set 6-4 but lost in the breaker 10-8.
Franco earned the fifth point for UNCG with a 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 1-0 (10-7) against Jessica Thaggard at No. 6 singles. Franco won a tight first set tiebreaker 7-4 and won the third set tiebreaker 10-7 to win the match.
The Spartans return to action on Saturday, Mar. 29 against Middle Tennessee State at the Piedmont Indoor Tennis Center.
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