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Someone's win streak was destined to be broken Friday afternoon at Georgetown College. The Tigers' women's tennis team, which is receiving votes, had a showdown with potential future Great Midwest Athletic Conference foe Davis & Elkins. The NCAA Division II school team came to the Lackey Tennis Center for the first time of what might start a long rivalry. The Senators are top in the G-MAC, but Georgetown edged them out 5-4 in this first meeting.
"I knew this was going to be a great match and everyone stepped up," said Tiger coach Jessica Cunningham. "That ended a 10-win streak for Davis & Elkins. Our young ladies are playing really well and it is fun when you get to see the team aspect of this game."
Tennis is so often seen as an individual sport, but GC (13-4) is on a six-match streak dating back to a road loss in late March to Campbellsville. After starting the spring season 0-2, the Tigers have gone 13-2, including three wins by one match.
"It has been someone different stepping up each time to handle the pressure and deliver the win," Cunningham said. "I could not be more proud of this group."
Georgetown seemed on the cusp of sweeping doubles play, but a late rally from Julia Hoehn and Natela Portshidze forced a tiebreaker with Kaelin Roberts and Kelly Swanson. The DE players held that and kept the Senators in the match.
DE won three of the first four singles matches played for a 4-3 advantage as Alyssa Kennedy and Shelby Eden took the courts four five and six seeds.
Kennedy, who has rarely gotten to play this season in doubles or singles due to defaulting by opponents, has not missed a beat when she is needed. She help Georgetown to the 5-4 win against University of the Cumberlands several weeks ago, winning her singles match in the sixth seed.
As the fifth seed she dismissed Rhiana Bruce-Lyle in straight sets 6-4, 6-1.
Eden has also showed a lot of mental toughness this season. She was the deciding victory in the win earlier this week over Cumberland University. She defeated Davis & Elkins' Erika Ridgway 6-2, 6-3.
Jacqueline Otis was the other win in singles, defeating Halima Michael in the two seed 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.
"It can be so individual, but these ladies understand come postseason it is about the team," Cunningham said. "You don't advance unless your team wins."
Georgetown returns to action 3 pm Monday at Shawnee State University.
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