Women's Tennis - Wed, Apr. 10, 2013
It was a wild 24 hours for Georgetown College's women's tennis team. The Tigers hosted a match Friday against Mid-South Conference foe No. 16 Cumberland University. They followed that with a match at Martin Methodist Saturday.
"It was a difficult swing," said GC coach Jessica Cunningham. "Both of those teams are top teams and the added pressure of trying to stay at the top in the conference was also there against Cumberland.
"I was really pleased with how we played each day."
The women have had a solid season thus far, but suffered their second MSC loss in a 5-4 match to CU. The Tigers got down early in the doubles, 2-1, but never gave up.
Singles one, two and three went down in straight sets, which sealed Georgetown's fate. However, it did not steal the teams desire to win.
"Most definitely when you know you are going to lose the team portion it can play on you mentally, but we didn't let it," Cunningham said. "Natalie (Hill) battled in the four spot. After dropping the first set, she rallied and picked up a point for us. Then we won in the five and six spots in straight sets. I think we learned a lot about ourselves that day and it translated into the next day against Martin Methodist."
The RedHawks are currently 29th in the coaches' poll. Despite the early morning departure, around 5 am, the Tigers were ready to go when they hit the courts.
GC took control with a 2-1 lead after doubles.
"It's always good to get out to that early lead," Cunningham said. "It isn't always the deciding factor. Some teams play doubles better than others, but it does help to be in control once singles starts."
The Tigers split the first four singles matches to still be up 4-3. Hill secured the match with a straight set win (6-0, 6-1) and Shelby Eden added the final point with a straight-set win as well.
"We had a lot of players step up," Cunningham said. "I was pleased with how well Kelly Swanson did this week. She won both her doubles and singles match against Martin and her singles match against Cumberland."