Hungerford Claims Win as Georgia Southern Suffers Loss
Drawing the doubles point to the final court, the Blazers captured a hard fought early advantage with two wins. Paula Alvarez and Jenny Cape first walked off the courts carrying an 8-1 win from the three seed, before Kristi Kegerreis (Fairfax, Va.) and Hungerford (Clearwater, Fla.) evened the doubles point with a win at No. 2. The Eagle pair erased a 4-1 deficit to down Richole Berger and Menanteau Moolman, 8-5, leaving the early advantage at the top doubles court. Ali Beavers (Kingsport, Tenn.) and Natalie Maffett (Rome, Ga.) paired at the top seed and reversed a 6-2 deficit to Giorgia Romeo and Evelien Strijker into a 7-6 advantage, but fell in a tiebreak, 9-8(6), securing the doubles point to the visiting team.
Three straight set victories clinched the match for UAB in singles action. Alvarez completed singles play first for the Blazers, defeating Maffett from the No. 2 position, 6-1, 6-2, before Berger pushed the team to within one point with a 6-3, 6-2 decision from No. 6. Romeo clinched the win for the Blazers competing at the No. 3 seed. The junior defeated Kegerreis, 6-4, 6-3, to secure the win.
Following Kegerreis, Hungerford recorded the lone Eagle win of the afternoon from the four seed. Hungerford dropped only three games en route to a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Moolman.
UAB rounded out competition with singles wins from the one and five seeds, respectively, for the final 6-1 score.
Georgia Southern completed the road swing in Atlanta and returns home, Saturday, March 6 to open Southern Conference play against Western Carolina at 11 a.m. The match is the first of six straight at the Hanner Tennis Complex for Georgia Southern.
UAB 6, Georgia Southern 1
Piedmont Park in Atlanta, Ga.
Records: UAB 5-2, Georgia Southern 4-4
No. 1 - Giorgio Romeo/Evelien Strijker (UAB) def. Ali Beavers/Natalie Maffett (GSU) 9-8 (6) *
No. 2 - Kristi Kegerreis/Ashley Hungerford (GSU) def. Richole Berger/Menanteau Moolman (UAB) 8-5
No. 3 - Paula Alvarez/Jenny Cape (UAB) def. Christine Caforio/Allison Beeler (GSU) 8-1
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1
*Clinched the doubles point
No. 1 – Evelien Strijker (UAB) def. Ali Beavers (GSU) 6-4, 6-2
No. 2 - Paula Alvarez (UAB) def. Natalie Maffett (GSU) 6-1, 6-2
No. 3 – Giorgio Romeo (UAB) def. Kristi Kegerreis (GSU) 6-4, 6-3*
No. 4 – Ashley Hungerford (GSU) def. Menanteau Moolman (UAB) 6-2, 6-1
No. 5 – Jenny Cape (UAB) def. Allison Beeler (GSU) 2-6, 6-2, 12-10
No. 6 – Richole Berger (UAB) def. Taylor Jones (GSU) 6-3, 6-2
Order of finish: 2, 6, 3, 4, 1, 5
*Clinched the match
- Category: Women's Tennis
- Published on Saturday, 27 February 2010 21:18