Women's Tennis Outlasts Samford, 4-3
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG women's tennis team completed a victorious weekend with a 4-3 win over Samford Sunday, March 10 at the UNCG tennis courts.
"It was a great win today," said head coach Jeff Trivette. "A total team effort. From doubles to singles we needed everybody to pull this one out. It was nice that several of our kids who had been struggling with their confidence came up big for us. We survived a tough conference weekend and now we have to improve."
UNCG and Samford were tied 3-3 before sophomore Stephanie Falcon (Marietta, Ga. / Walton) clinched her singles match for the Spartans when she took down Carita Moolman, 7-5, 6-4. The Blue and Gold swept in doubles, winning all three matches, earning the match point.
Seniors Niltooli Wilkins (Burnsville, Minn. / Homeschooled) and Alex Whitehead (Victoria, Australia / Star of the Sea College) won in a tiebreaker against Kristin Lewis and Stephanie N'tcha, 9-8 (7-1).
Senior Annette Rios (Santa Ana, El Salvador / Liceo Latinoamericano) and sophomore Kayla Gammie (Port St. Lucie, Fla. / Broward Virtual School) picked up an 8-5 win over Carita Moolman and Adri Lochner.
Falcon and junior Dilara Yurtkuran (Istanbul, Turkey / Gunes Koleji) teamed up to beat Mallory and Jessica Northcutt, 8-5.
Freshman Soumeya Anane (Coventry, Great Britain / Tile Hill Wood School) earned the first singles win at No. 6 against AnnMarie Lyon, 6-1, 6-3. Whitehead followed suit when she defeated Northcutt, 6-4, 6-3 at No.2.
At No. 3, Rios dropped a tough match against N'tcha, 6-3, 7-5, while Gammie fell at No. 5 to Mallory, 7-5, 6-4.
Wilkins lost at No. 1 to Lewis in three sets, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, before Falcon clinched the match for the Spartans.
UNCG (6-4) will return to action when they host North Carolina A&T Thursday, March 14 at the UNCG tennis courts, at 10 a.m.
1. Kristin Lewis (SAM) def. Niltooli Wilkins (UNCG) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
2. Alex Whitehead (UNCG) def. Jessica Northcutt (SAM) 6-4, 6-3
3. Stephanie N'tcha (SAM) def. Annette Rios (UNCG) 6-3, 7-5
4. Stephanie Falcon (UNCG) def. Carita Moolman (SAM) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
5. Emily Mallory (SAM) def. Kayla Gammie (UNCG) 7-5, 6-4
6. Soumeya Anane (UNCG) def. AnnMarie Lyon (SAM) 6-1, 6-3
1. Niltooli Wilkins/Alex Whitehead (UNCG) def. Kristin Lewis/Stephanie N'tcha (SAM) 9-8 (7-1)
2. Annette Rios/Kayla Gammie (UNCG) def. Carita Moolman/Adri Lochner (SAM) 8-5
3. Stephanie Falcon/Dilara Yurtkuran (UNCG) def. Emily Mallory/Jessica Northcutt (SAM) 8-5
Samford 6-7, 1-3 SoCon
UNCG 6-4, 3-0 SoCon
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,2,3,5,1,4)
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