Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Greer, S.C.—The North Greenville women’s tennis team earned its first win of the season on Wednesday afternoon, picking up a 6-3 win over King University in Conference Carolinas play.
The Crusaders Took an early 2-1 lead after a solid doubles performance, taking two of three from the Tornado. Maggie Elliot and Susane Lenz got North Greenville off to a quick start, delivering on an 8-1 win over their King U. counterparts, Alyssa Salazar and Katya Cerny. The Tornado evened the tally at 1-1 taking double’s two as Mariana Hosomi and Naomi Reyes came out on top of an 8-4 set over NGU’s Christina Keissling and Aline Ribeiro. NGU would come out on top however as Rebecca Beacham and Victoria Gomez would give the Crusaders the 2-1 advantage heading into singles competition.

The Crusaders took advantage of the momentum from doubles competition, taking four of six points from the Tornado. Susane Lenz picked up her second win of the day with a 6-0, 6-2 victory to set the tone for North Greenville in singles competition. Ribiero would follow up with a 6-3, 6-1 win to give the Crusaders a comfortable lead. King would go on to take two singles sets, as Maggie Elliot would fall in her singles game 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, as would Hardwick who dropped a 6-0, 6-2 decision.

Rebecca Beacham would pickup the deciding game for the Crusaders, extending their lead to 5-2, after winning a 6-0, 6-4 decision over Salazar. Christina Kiessling would put the icing on the cake in the fifth singles game, earning a 6-0, 6-3 victory. The win over King University was the first win of league play for North Greenville, and improved its conference record to 1-1. The Crusaders will be back on the road this weekend, when they travel to North Carolina to take on Mount Olive at 2pm