The women’s tennis team had a short stay at the 2014 Southern Conference Championships last week when it lost 4-0 to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in the quarterfinals.
The Eagles’ first scheduled match was against the Mocs who ultimately defeated the Eagles swiftly in doubles. To start off the day UTC sophomores Kayla Jones and Katie Polk took down Georgia Southern University sophomore Stephanie Woods and freshman Giulia Riepe with a score of 8-2. The defeat of GSU seniors Caitlin Kitchen and Paola Garrido swiftly followed as they were overcome by UTC senior Alexa Flynn and junior Kaylene Chadwell with a closer score of 8-4.
As the singles matches ensued the Mocs notched their second point after GSU freshman Daria Vasekina fell to UTC’s Flynn 6-0, 6-0. Soon after, Garrido at No. 1 was defeated by Jones 6-1, 6-2, and earning the deciding point for the Mocs was UTC sophomore Kelsey Coots after besting GSU’s Woods 6-2, 6-1.
Riepe and Smith were each down in their second sets at the end of the match while junior Jordana Klein was up 6-4 in her first set against Chadwell when the match was called.
“Of course we would’ve loved to survive that first match and move on but we were up against a very strong opponent in Chattanooga, however I think we had a really great season overall,” Amy Bonner, women’s tennis head coach, said.
While the weekend as a whole may have been a disappointing end for the Eagles they still found a reason to celebrate. Newcomer and freshman Giulia Riepe from Hiddenhousen, Germany stood out this season and was awarded 2014 SoCon All-Freshman Honors.
“She has made such a smooth transition when it comes to adapting to both school and competing on the team. Giulia has come through for us in so many matches this season and it was great that she was recognized by the Southern Conference for her performance on the court this season. I am so proud of her,” Bonner said in a news release.
Bonner said, “We beat App State this season, which we hadn’t done in quite a few years, so that was definitely a highlight as well as how well my two seniors played this year, Paola and Caitlin will be missed. I was really proud of the team and for finishing the last half of the season as well as they did, we had some really tough opponents at the beginning of the season so the fact that they finished so strong really made me proud.”