Women's Tennis Downs Averett 7-2; Men Defeated 6-3
The Pride women's tennis team earned its second straight win of the season against Averett on Wednesday, while the men suffered a hard fought defeat. The women jumped out to a 3-0 doubles lead and rolled to a 7-2 victory to improve to 2-6 on the season. The men, however, dropped three tight matches that could have changed the outcome of a 6-3 loss.
Meredith Kelly and Kristen Smith opened the match at number one doubles with an 8-6 win over Ilona Kilpi and Erika Weyner. Brittany Cates and Danielle Simpson followed with a dominating 8-1 victory against Morgan Epstein and Justine Cherochak in the second position. Hillary Cook and Lauren Fisher finished out the sweep with a default win at three.
In singles competition, Kelley knocked off Kilpi 6-0, 6-4 at one; Simpson blew by Epstein 6-0, 6-1 at four; Cook took care of Daria Rogova 6-0, 6-0 at five; and Fisher won by default.
For the men, Matthew Troy and Jonathan Deming picked up the lone win in doubles at three over Julius Noreila and Ryan Atkins, 8-3. The number one Greensboro team of Matthew Miller and Kevin Koval, however, were dealt a tough 8-3 setback while the number two duo of Crosby Simms and Nicholas Gillespie fell short at 8-5.
Gillespie battled back in singles play, beating Noreila in the fifth position 6-1, 6-0. Troy earned his second win of the day in the six spot, defeating Atkins 6-0, 6-1. Miller nearly gave The Pride a third singles win, taking David Lembke to the limit at number one before falling 6-2, 2-6, 6-1.
The Greensboro women will be on the road on Saturday at Mary Baldwin. The men will hit the road on Thursday to play Methodist.