CofC and Troy down GSU women’s tennis

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Bravura Banks

The Georgia Southern University Eagles women’s tennis team lost its conference opener Wednesday to the College of Charleston at home, and fell to Troy University on the road on Sunday.

On Wednesday, GSU had momentum coming off a win against Mercer University on February 10, but it was up against a tough opponent in the reigning Southern Conference champs.

“It’s always important to win against a conference opponent, especially the reigning conference champs,” head coach Amy Bonner said.

The Eagles’ only point came from freshman Mary Philips Smith who also clinched last game’s victory against Mercer to earn her first collegiate victory.

Despite the loss, Paola Garrido, an All-Conference SoCon member last year, had a nice showing. “You’re never going to know whether you’ll win or lose so you always have to keep your head up for the next match,” said Garrido.

Paola said this loss won’t affect them too much, and she and the rest of her teammates will not hang their heads in defeat. They will instead learn from it and look forward to the next game.

Georgia Southern University women’s tennis team lost 6-1 on the road Sunday February 24, against Troy University at the Lunsford Tennis Complex.

GSU was swept in doubles play, with the closest match being 8-4, which was Jordan Klein and Natalie Maffet of GSU against Olivia Brooke Durden and Rosaura Ramirez-Vega from Troy.

The Eagles’ only win came from Natalie Maffet defeating Rosaura Ramirez-Vega 7-6,6-2 in single’s play. Despite Stephanie Wood’s loss, she played a tough match ending in 6-2,2-6,6-1.

GSU needed this win to start off its three-game road trip strong and to get its first road win of the season, but now the Eagles fall to 2-5 and are 0-3 on the road.

GSU will go on the road next to take on conference foe Furman University which is 1-4, on Saturday at 11 a.m. A win over Furman will be key for the Eagles as it will give them their first home win, snap their short losing streak, and give the Eagles their first road victory.