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Growing moments are always available in athletics. Georgetown College women's tennis grabbed a hold of such an opportunity and show great determination in the Mid-South Conference semifinals Friday afternoon.
GC battled No. 21 Campbellsville and made them work for every point in a 5-2 match. CU advances to the finals to face No. 3 Lindsey Wilson College.
First rain delayed the 9 am matches to 4 pm. Once play got underway, it was obvious the Tigers – receiving votes in the recent poll – meant business. They pulled ahead on the No. 2 doubles court and were in the thick of things at No. 1. Campbellsville rallied back at two, but Kaelin Roberts and Kelly Swanson took the top seed match 9-8 (7-2).
CU led 2-1 after doubles courts. The Maroon and White Tigers grabbed a quick 3-1 lead after winning one singles match, but excitement was building in the top-seeded singles' match. Roberts took set one, 6-3, from Anna Tumanyan. The junior from Sochi, Russia rallied in set two for a 6-2 win that leveled the score at a set apiece.
Roberts has struggled at times this season when she gets an early lead. However, the second set loss did not rattle the sophomore from Louisville. She continued to play brilliant tennis and force Tumanyan around the court. Tumanyan tried to use power to out hit Roberts, but she showed great composure in continuing to put the shots where she wanted.
She served out the match, winning 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 and putting the overall score at 4-2. Unfortunately, moments later GC lost another singles' court. CU had the controlling point total and the match ended.
"We battled and we made them work," said GC coach Jessica Cunningham. "I think you can see a lot of growth from when we played this team back in late March to know. In about two months we've found ourselves in the hunt in almost every match and we weren't willing to back down. I'm really proud of these ladies. This match took three hours or more and a couple of bounces in our favor could have made a huge difference."
The Tigers finish 15-4 on the season and just on the outside of the Top 25.