Women’s tennis gains momentum back at home

Derik Wuchte

Kennesaw State University put up a tough fight in Statesboro on Saturday, but it was the Eagles that had the final say in a 4-3 victory. Thanks to the top lineup for Georgia Southern, women’s tennis is now 4-2 on the season.

Doubles has been critical for the Eagles in the last few matchups. Against Kennesaw State, the Eagles capitalized to take the point yet again.

Junior Francisca Norregaard and sophomore Daria Vasekina competed in the No. 2 spot for doubles against sophomore Ashleigh De Wet and sophomore Gabriela Bueno. They were able to win 8-4, swaying the team point in favor of the Eagles.

To clinch the point, senior Jordana Klein and sophomore Giulia Riepe defeated freshman Alexandra Mercado and freshman Cristina Martin 8-6.

The top three spots for the Eagles had big days in Statesboro. Klein in the No. 1 spot beat senior Virginie Stein 6-1, 7-5. Junior Mary Phillips Smith followed to defeat her opponent, senior Jana Hueckinghaus, 7-5, 6-3 in the No. 2 spot match. No. 3 spot freshman Anne Kurzweil kept her singles undefeated streak up in her 6-1, 6-0 victory over junior Isabela Castro.

Competition in the lower three spots gave the Eagles some trouble. Riepe met a resilient foe at the No. 4 spot in Mercado. She lost a close one 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. Vasekina fell a similar way as she was defeated in the No. 5 match to Martin 7-5, 6-3. Norregaard lost in finality at No. 6 to De Wet 6-3, 6-4.

The match against South Carolina State University, scheduled for Sunday, was postponed due to weather.

The next current opponent for the Eagles will be Presbyterian College on Feb. 22. The match will start at 1 p.m.