Women's Tennis - Fri, Mar. 28, 2014
It has been tight matches over the past year and a half when Georgetown College and University of the Cumberlands plays women's tennis. The past three matches have been decided by 5-4 scores, the Tigers winning two of them. Thursday was the most recent of those with it coming down to the sixth seed in singles.
"With the overall match tied 4-4, it came down to Alyssa Kennedy's match and she was in a tie at a set apiece," said GC coach Jessica Cunningham. "Alyssa battled through, which is a very tough spot to be in, knowing the match came down to her.
"This is her first year in the singles lineup as she has mostly played doubles for us her freshman year. This was a huge win at singles to clinch the match."
The sophomore won 5-7, 6-2, 6-2.
The match started with doubles. UC's Neesha Thirumalaichelvam and Erin Hart defeated Kaelin Roberts and Kelly Swanson 9-7, for the Patriots only lead of the day. Kennedy and Shelby Eden beat Lyndsay Collette and Kaylyn Collette 8-3 to put it back at 1-1.
As those matches finished, Natalie Hill and Jacqueline Otis trailed Chanel Williams and Sydni Grimes 7-4 in the first of many critical matches in Williamsburg, Ky.
Hill and Otis rallied, winning the next five straight games for the 9-7 win and a 2-1 edge for Georgetown.
Roberts lost to Thirumalaichelvam in straight sets 6-3, 6-2 to level the match again.
"It was 2-2 with all courts going and our seniors put us back in front," Cunningham said. "It is always a battle when these two teams meet."
Hill dropped Hart 6-1, 6-2 and Eden dismissed Kaylyn Collette 6-4, 6-1. GC held the 4-2 led with three matches still to be determined.
"I've locked up with Erin the past three matches and it is always a back and forth game," Hill said. "She beat me in the regular season a year ago, but I got her in the conference tournament. It was nice to win again. Every match counts when it is Georgetown and Cumberlands."
UC rallied back as Williams beat Otis, 6-4, 6-1, and Grimes handed Swanson a 6-2, 6-1 defeat. This all set the table for Kennedy.
This is the sixth win in the past eight matches for the Tiger women, who due to weather have struggled to get to play outside since the fall ITA Regional meet.
Georgetown's women were a perfect 5-0 on the recent spring break trip to Hilton Head, dropping just three total matches in the overall scheme. The Tigers beat St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Messiah College and Springfield College 9-0. They beat Millersville University 8-1 and Carroll College 7-2.