Tigerville, S.C.—The NGU women’s tennis team opened up the brand new Vance Tennis Center in style on Tuesday afternoon with a thrilling 5-4 win over Mars Hill College of the South Atlantic Conference.
North Greenville fell behind quickly as Vargas and Beacham dropped the first doubles competition 8-4. The two were picked up by their counterparts as Aline Ribeiro and Camille Duhan earned their first doubles win of the season with an 8-5 decision. Christina Kiessling and Ann Hayden Huxford would give NGU a 2-1 lead later with their 8-3 doubles win.
The two wins in doubles would prove vital to the North Greenville win as the two squads would go on to split the head to head portion of Tuesday. Maria Vargas (6-1, 3-6, 10-8), Rebecca Beacham (6-2, 6-3), and Aline Ribeiro (6-2, 6-1) would all drop their singles sets, as Mars Hill took a 4-2 lead. The Crusaders would however pick up the next three wins and the game win as Camille Duhan got things started with her first collegiate victory, a 6-1, 6-0 win over Jade Henke. Christina Kiessling would follower her up with a 6-0, 6-3 win to even the score at 4-4. Hartley Smith would earn the decisive win with a 6-3, 6-0 win, over Luz Heilman.
The Crusaders are officially done with their 2014 fall schedule and will begin preparation for the 2015 season which starts on February 17th against Wofford College.