Tennis - Mon, Feb. 15, 2016
Georgetown College men's and women's tennis hit the courts Saturday to open spring season against NCAA Division II Bellarmine University. The Tigers clawed and fought all day, having an impressive showing despite losing 8-1 in the women's and 7-2 in the men's.
"Both teams performed very well for the first match," said GC coach Jessica Cunningham. "Bellarmine had already played three matches prior to Saturday. Things are looking promising for this upcoming season."
The women won a doubles match and forced three, third set tiebreakers, in a demonstration of grit and talent. Natalie Fiepke and Shae Henry are sophomores pairing up in doubles for the second straight season. As rookies, they earned Mid-South Conference second-team honors and started off the spring with a bang.
The tandem defeated Mary Elaine Kuo and Nadia Sabie in a slugfest 8-6. This made it 2-1 after doubles. Had the tiebreakers gone in Georgetown's favor, the women would have had an even better looking outing on paper.
"We had an impressive doubles win for Fiepke and Henry at the one position and several third set tiebreakers that made the match seem more lopsided on the women's side," Cunningham said. "We get those quick, one game sets to go in our favor and we leave just a win away from taking the match."
On the men's side, Bellarmine swept the doubles competition and opened singles with four straight wins for a 7-0 lead. However, the Tigers were not going to lay down.
Senior Austin Colliver and freshman Kaushik Kailash put two wins on the board in straight sets. Colliver beat Alex Swords, 6-4, 6-2. Kailash battled for a 7-5 win of set one and then rolled 6-3 to seal up the victory in the sixth position.
"Colliver took care of business and freshman Kaushik got his first collegiate win at six in singles," Cunningham said. "Overall, I'm very pleased with the day, knowing that Bellarmine already had three matches under the belt and that none of our players every stopped. We are excited for the season to come."