Tigervile, SC- The North Greenville women’s tennis team started their 2014 Campaign wasting no time by competing in two matches with Newberry College and Division I foe Presbyterian College on February 1, 2014. NGU’s women team lost both matches, losing to Newberry 9-0 and to Presbyterian 7-0.
In singles competition against Newberry, Christina Kiessling, a true freshman from Munich, Germany, fought hard, but lost in three sets 6-2, 5-7, 10-6. The Crusaders would finish singles competition without a win, but looked to make up ground in the doubles portion.
As North Greenville’s most successful pairing in 2013, Susane Lenz and Maggie Elliott looked to earn NGU’s first win of the year. Elliot and Lenz battled but fell 8-4. The trend continued for the Crusaders as Rebecca Beacham and Victoria Gomez would drop an 8-2 decision to their Newberry counterparts, while Kiessling and Aline Ribeiro would also drop an 8-2 set.
After facing Newberry College, the Crusader traveled up Interstate 26 to take on the Blue Hose. Maggie Elliott once again put together a solid performance, winning the first set 6-3, but would fall in two straight by scores of 6-0 and 6-2. NGU’s best doubles performance would once again come from Lenz and Elliott who once again dropped a close decision 8-6. Presbyterian would sweep the doubles competition as well as the singles.
Tomas Kurhajec, NGU’s men’s and women’s tennis head coach, commented after today’s matches saying, “I have lined up several very tough teams for us to play against here in the beginning of our season, whether they are D1 or good D2 schools. They are pushing us to play harder and are preparing us for upcoming conference games. I am really happy with how today went. Some girls stayed with the D1 girls right to the end and really fought for each point. These matches are tough, but they really help to build confidence, shows the girls that everyone starts the game at zero, and anything can happen from there. It's all about how bad you want it.”
The NGU Women’s Tennis team will be back in action in Greer, SC at 2pm against #12 Francis Marion University. All home matches will be played at the Greer Tennis Center, 226 Oakland Avenue, Greer SC, 29650.