CRUSADERS CRUISE PAST BELMONT ABBEY IN CONFERENCE TILT
Saturday, March 22, 2014
CRUSADERS CRUISE PAST BELMONT ABBEY IN CONFERENCE TILT
Belmont, N.C.—The North Greenville women’s tennis team brought home its second Conference Carolinas win of the season Saturday, cruising past Belmont Abbey College 7-2, in a battle of the league Crusaders. 

Every player that reached the court for NGU took part in the win, as the Crusaders took two of three in doubles play and five of six in the singles matches. North Greenville improved to 2-13 on the season overall, and 2-4 in conference play, inching the Crusaders closer to the top five in the league. 

The Crusaders found success early in the day during doubles competition as Maggie Elliott and Susane Lenz gave NGU a 1-0 with an 8-5 decision over Miller and Ingram. North Greenville picked up a second doubles win in the second position as Rebecca Beacham and Aline Ribeiro earned an easy 8-1 win. BAC’s 8-1 win the third doubles match halted NGU’s attempt at a pairs sweep, while cutting the Crusaders overall lead to 2-1. 

NGU and BAC would split the first two singles games as Lenz handed NGU a 6-0/6-2 win while Ribeiro faltered 6-1/4-6/6-1. The Crusaders remained in control though leading 3-2 with four more singles games left, in which they would sweep. Maggie Elliott recaptured the momentum for North Greenville in the third position as her 7-6 (7-0)/6-1 triumph inched NGU closer to match win. Rebecca Beacham clinched the match for NGU in the fourth spot, taking a 6-0/6-3 decision. Haley Hardwick and Erin Grimsley also added to the North Greenville win total with a pair of 6-3/6-0 wins of their own. 

North Greenville will be back in action on Monday when the Crusaders travel to Asheville, North Carolina to take on the NCAA Division 1 UNC Asheville in an early week non-conference matchup.