Eagles show dominance early in Augusta Challenge

Thomas O'Donnell

The Georgia Southern University women’s tennis team competed in the Augusta Challenge over the weekend and came out with a dominating performance.

The two-day tournament started Saturday, which was made up of beginning rounds for the doubles competition. The doubles competition finished on Sunday, and there were also several singles matches.

All three doubles teams had perfect performances over the weekend defeating players from Western Carolina University Saturday and Virginia Tech University on Sunday.

The three teams participated in three separate “Flights” both days, Flight A consisted of junior Paola Garrido and sophomore Alexis Prickett. Garrido and Prickett dominated their Western Carolina opponents, Guinn Garcia and Sarah Evans on Friday with a set score of 8-6.

Flight B was made up of senior Natalie Maffett and freshman Stephanie Woods. Maffett and Woods went up against WCU’s Julia Paulson and Lucy Schmerhorn. The Eagles once again dominated their opponents with a set score of 8-5.

Prickett competed again in Flight C with sophomore Jordana Klein, and just like the previous two flights GSU was victorious against their WCU opponents Emily Prystawksi and Mareli Sanchez with a set score of 8-5.

Head coach Amy Bonner was pleased with her team after Saturday’s performances.

“The confidence the girls brought with them from last weekend was evident in the way we played,” Bonner said. “We are looking forward to a strong performance (on Sunday).”

The Eagles did not disappoint as both the singles and doubles competitions on Sunday once again dominated the competition.

Junior Paola Garrido and junior Caitlin Kitchen made up Flight A, defeating senior Emily Lauten and Freshman Kelly Williford with a set score of 8-6.

Senior Natalie Maffett and freshman Stephanie Woods as well as the sophomore pair Alexis Prickett and Jordana Klein beat their Virginia Tech opponents 8-1 in the B and C flights.

“Doubles was the highlight of the day,” Bonner said. “We started the day off strong and carried that momentum into singles.”

The Eagles success continued into the singles matches as four out of the five players each won singles matches.

In Flight A of the singles matches, GSU’s Paolo Garrido defeated WCU’s Sarah Evans 6-4, 6-1. Afterwards, she went on to defeat WCU’s Arial Coventry 6-0, 6-3.

Jordana Klein made up Flight B of the singles matches. Klein defeated VTU’s Kelly Williford 6-7, 6-2, 6-4. Klein then went on to defeat WCU’s Julia Paulson 6-3, 6-0.

Stephanie Woods competed in Flight C of the singles Matches defeating WCU’s Mareli Sanchez in round one with a set score of 6-2, 6-4. Woods went on to win round two as well defeating WCU’s Emily Prystawski 6-2, 6-1.

Flight D was the only flight that caused problems for the Eagles. Caitlin Kitchen lost the first round to VTU’s Megan Conley 6-4, 6-2. The second round against Presbyterian College’s senior Lindsay Krause was unable to be played due to an injury.

Natalie Maffett finished out the singles competition Sunday, as she also went perfect on the day. Maffett defeated VTU’s freshman Marshal Temory 6-2, 6-4. Maffett then went on to defeat WCU’s sophomore Carrie Johnson 6-2, 6-4.

The Eagles ended out the fall semester on a high note with their performances at the Augusta Challenge. The Eagles pick up again Jan. 27, 2013 against Presbyterian College here at GSU.