GREENSBORO, N.C. – After winning two of three doubles matches to secure the doubles point, UNCG swept all six singles matches as the Spartans defeated Chattanooga, 7-0, in the SoCon opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon at the UNCG Tennis Courts.
The Spartans started the match with Devon Sutherland and Mikayla Rogers taking an 8-1 win at No. 3 doubles before Chattanooga bounced back to narrowly win at No. 1 doubles, 8-6. It all came down to No. 2 doubles where Niltooli Wilkins and Lucy Dougherty grinded out an 8-6 win to clinch the doubles point for UNCG.
Alex Whitehead got things rolling for the Spartans at No. 2 doubles as she made quick work of Alexa Flynn, 6-2, 6-0. Annette Rios followed suit with a 6-0, 6-3 win against Annie Green at No. 6 doubles.
With UNCG leading 3-0, Lucy Dougherty clinched the win for the team with her 6-1, 6-1 at No. 5 singles.
Stephanie Macfarlane made it 5-0 in favor of the home team as she defeated Emily Hangstefer 6-1, 6-4 at No. 3 singles. Dilara Yurtkuran dropped her first set 6-0 at No. 4 singles, but battled back to win the second set 6-3 before claiming the third set 1-0 (10-5).
In the final match of the afternoon, Niltooli Wilkins and Jenna Nurik were locked in a tight battle at No. 1 singles. Wilkins took the first set, 7-5, but dropped the second set to Nurik, 6-4. In the 10-point tiebreaker for the third set, the two players went back-and-forth before Wilkins pulled out the set, 14-12. Wilkins is now 4-0 on the season at No. 1 singles.
The Spartans will take on undefeated Samford on Sunday at 11 a.m. at the UNCG Tennis Courts.
UNCG 7, Chattanooga 0
No. 1: Emily Hangstefer/Alexa Flynn (UTC) def. Alex Whitehead/Stephanie Macfarlane (UNCG) 8-6
No. 2: Niltooli Wilkins/Lucy Dougherty (UNCG) def. Jenna Nurik/Shaina Singh (UTC) 8-6
No. 3 Devon Sutherland/Mikayla Rogers (UNCG) def. Charlotte Bossy/Annie Green (UTC) 8-1
order of finish: 3,1,2* - *cliniched doubles point
No. 1: Niltooli Wilkins (UNCG) def. Jenna Nurik (UTC), 7-5, 4-6, 1-0(14-12)
No. 2: Alex Whitehead (UNCG) def. Alexa Flynn (UTC), 6-2, 6-0
No. 3: Stephanie Macfarlane (UNCG) def. Emily Hangstefer (UTC), 6-1, 6-4
No. 4: Dilara Yurtkuran (UNCG) def. Shaina Singh (UTC), 0-6, 6-3, 1-0(10-5)
No. 5: Lucy Dougherty (UNCG) def. Charlotte Bossy (UTC), 6-1, 6-1
No. 6: Annette Rios (UNCG) def. Annie Green (UTC), 6-0, 6-3
order of finish: 2,6,5*,3,4,1 - *clinched match
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