GREENSBORO, N.C. - UNC Greensboro's Annette Rios won for the eighth time in her last 10 outings and ran her record to 18-7 on the season, but the Spartans fell short against Samford, 4-3, in women's tennis action on Friday afternoon.
Rios topped Rebecca Kirven in a wild match at No. 5 singles. Kirven won the first set in tiebreaker, while Rios won the second in a tiebreaker. Rios then claimed a 10-point tiebreaker win for the third set, 10-7, for the victory.
The Spartans (7-8, 2-4) also got singles victories from Valerie Behr and Mikayla Rogers on the afternoon. Behr moved to 10-5 for the spring and 14-16 overall when she beat Madelie VanRensburg in three sets at No. 3 singles. Rogers had a much easier time with Stephanie Parkison, winning at No. 4 singles in straight sets, 7-5 and 6-1, to moved to 14-13 overall and 6-9 for the spring slate.
UNCG will look to bounce back when it hosts Appalachian State at 12 noon on Saturday.
Samford 4, UNCG 3
1. Taylor Morgan (SAMFORD) def. Alex Whitehead (UNCG) 6-4, 6-0
2. Andrie Meiring (SAMFORD) def. Stephanie Macfarlane (UNCG) 6-4, 6-3
3. Valerie Behr (UNCG) def. Madelie VanRensburg (SAMFORD) 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-6)
4. Mikayla Rogers (UNCG) def. Stephanie Parkison (SAMFORD) 7-5, 6-1
5. Annette Rios (UNCG) def. Rebecca Kirven (SAMFORD) 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-4), 1-0 (10-7)
6. Lindsey Mallory (SAMFORD) def. Jessica Eblen (UNCG) 6-4, 6-0
1. Taylor Morgan/Lindsey Mallory (SAMFORD) def. Valerie Behr/Stephanie Macfarlane (UNCG) 8-2
2. Andrie Meiring/Rebecca Kirven (SAMFORD) def. Jessica Eblen/Annette Rios (UNCG) 9-8 (7-5)
3. Alex Whitehead/Mikayla Rogers (UNCG) def. Stephanie Parkison/Madelie VanRensburg (SAMFORD) 8-5
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