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WILMINGTON, N.C. – UNCG women’s tennis earned its first win of the season in decisive fashion Wednesday afternoon against the UNCW Seahawks. The Spartans won two of the three doubles matches and five singles matches to earn the victory. UNCG improves to 1-2 on the season and UNCW falls to 0-4.

Doubles play saw the Spartans fall behind before taking the second two matches to earn the point. Blaine Boaz (Dunwoody, Ga./St. Pius X) and Nancy Bridges (Shelby, N.C./Shelby) fell at No. 1, to Sabrina Barisano and Maddy Muller-Hughes, 6-1. Alice Taylor (Cambridge, Great Britain/UMBC) and Corinne Blythe (Leicestershire, Great Britain/Queenswood School) evened the doubles competition with a 6-2 win at No. 2 over Lea Dubois-Reiere and Zandra Fougner. Emily Ory (Lafayette, La./Louisiana Connections Academy) and Sophia Adams (Miami, Fla./TERRA Environmental Institute) secured the first point of the match with a 6-4 win over Thai Thompson and Sarah Horn at No. 3.

Blythe got the singles scoring going, earning a 7-5, 6-2 win over Horn at No. 4. Brianna Gomez (Miami, Fla./John A. Ferguson) added to the Spartan lead with another straight-set victory, this over Muller-Hughes, 7-5, 6-4 at No. 6. After UNCW broke up the shutout with a win at No. 3, Bridges avenged her doubles loss with a 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 win over Barisano at No. 1. Adams walked away with a three-set victory over Rachel Marthinsen at No. 5, 6-1 6-7 (6-8), 7-5 before Taylor took home a point after a hard-fought match with Dubois-Rebier, 4-6, 7-6 (10-8), 1-0 (11-9).

Singles competition

  1. Nancy Bridges (UNCG) def. Sabrina Barisano (UNCW) 7-6 (8-6), 6-3
  2. Alice Taylor (UNCG) def. Lea Dubois-Rebiere (UNCW) 4-6, 7-6 (10-8), 1-0 (11-9)
  3. Celeste Matute (UNCW) def. Blaine Boaz (UNCG) 6-3, 6-2
  4. Corinne Blythe (UNCG) def. Sarah Horn (UNCW) 7-5, 6-2
  5. Sophia Adams (UNCG) def. Rachel Marthinsen (UNCW) 6-1, 6-7 (6-8), 7-5
  6. Brianna Gomez (UNCG) def. Maddy Muller-Hughes (UNCW) 7-5, 6-4

 Doubles competition

  1. Sabrina Barisano/Maddy Muller-Hughes (UNCW) def. Blaine Boaz/Nancy Bridges (UNCG) 6-1
  2. Alice Taylor/Corinne Blythe (UNCG) def. Lea Dubois-Rebiere/Xandra Fougner (UNCW) 6-2
  3. Emily Ory/Sophia Adams (UNCG) def. Thai Thompson/Sarah Horn (UNCW) 6-4


Match Notes:

UNCG 1-2

UNCW 0-4

Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,6,3,1,5,2)

Official: J.Gaines/B.Pleasants T-3:45 A-50

The Spartans are back in action this Saturday as they host the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs at the Piedmont Indoor Tennis Center at 1 p.m.