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Georgetown College is once again playing host to the prestigious ITA Regional Tennis Tournament and despite a brief break for rain, Thursday was action packed with matches going all day.
For the Tigers, seven players are still in action – one guy and six women.
Every women's doubles team advanced to the Round of 16 to start 8 am Friday morning, while two singles also advanced to face each other when that portion of the tournament restarts at 11 am.
Senior Emily Krick defeated Bethel's Shelby Kennedy (6-1, 6-0) and Sandra Cumberland University's Sandra Munoz (6-3, 6-3) on her way to facing teammate Kaelin Roberts. The sophomore received a bye in round one and defeated Asbury's Miriam Waslewski (6-0, 6-3).
"It is a lot of tennis in one day," said GC coach Jessica Cunningham. "Most of our women played three matches yesterday. In a normal match, if you play singles and doubles, you will play two. But in a tournament, you have to be ready to play long days.
"If they have to play a lot, it means they are winning. That is the positive of seeing my players have three matches yesterday. Kaelin played just two, but that is the benefit of her being a seeded player in this event. I wish the draw had broken a bit differently and maybe see Emily and Kaelin face in a later round, but for them each to reach the Round of 16 and have to play each other is exciting."
Natalie Hill and Jacqueline Otis are doubles partners and they defeated Asbury's Sarah Beth Alford and Laura Ross (8-6) in route to a showdown with Martin Methodist's Maria Charrys and Callie Thomas. Roberts teamed up with Alyssa Kennedy and as a seeded doubles pair automatically advanced to Friday morning's match with Brescia's Tarsilla Duck and Dakota Durrett.
Krick partnered with Shelby Eden and defeated Martin Methodist's Laura Ariza and Victoria Ryjak (9-8) to face Lindsey Wilson's Jessica King and Alicia Rodriguez.
Ryne Least was the lone GC male to play three matches yesterday, losing a close 9-8 battle with teammate Jacob Loveland in doubles against Campbellsville's Sebastian Marot and Zach Baulch.
He then went on to win both of his singles' matches in straight sets. The senior defeated Campbellsville's Parker Jones (6-3, 6-3) and Milligan's Colin Bumann (6-4, 6-2). He is set to play Lindsey Wilson's Fabricio Morales at 11:15 am.
Loveland won his first singles match in straight sets over Asbury's Daniel Harris (6-2, 6-1) Jose Baeze defeated University of the Cumberlands' Daryl Macleish (6-1, 6-0) before falling in a hard fought three-set match to Martin Methodist's Cristian Arias (4-6, 6-3, 1-0).
Gustavo Echeverria also advanced to the second round with a 6-2, 6-0 win over University of the Cumberlands Tyler Smith. However, he fell 6-2, 6-1 to Bethel's Robin Demasse.