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Georgetown College women's tennis notched its seventh shutout of the spring season and ninth overall Saturday at Indiana University Southeast.
The Tigers (17-8) were just a win above .500 when it rolled off 12 wins in the past 15 matches with the three losses coming to teams ranked in the Top 15 – two in the Top 5.
"We've been playing exceptional tennis right now," said GC coach Jessica Cunningham. "I'm very proud of the way we battle and then take care of business when we are supposed to. I like what I'm seeing out of this group."
Against the Grenadiers, Georgetown won each match in straight sets. The team lost no more than six games in any match with most just losing four or less.
The formula works, do not mess with it. Georgetown College women's tennis coach adjusted the doubles pairings this spring to have two sophomores, two seniors and two freshmen playing together. Over the past several weeks it has been at least two of those combinations coming up with big wins in doubles to help the Tigers off to a fast start.
It continued Tuesday at nemesis Campbellsville University – both teams receiving votes in the coaches' poll. The visiting Tigers (14-5, 5-0) won 8-3 in the second and third spots of doubles and never looked back.
Georgetown College women's tennis improved to 11-4 in the spring season with a huge program win over No. 25 Marian University Saturday. This is the first victory over the Knights in four matches.
The Tigers started strong with a pair of double court wins. Seniors Kelly Swanson and Kaelin Roberts won 8-5, while freshmen Amanda Moore and Abigail Kennedy won 8-4.
Marian took the fourth spot in singles in straight set fashion to level the match at 2-2 overall, but sophomore Shae Henry put GC back in front with an impressive 6-3, 6-3 win over Maria Sunga at the top singles spot.
Impressive victories might be too slight of a phrase for the wins Georgetown College women's tennis is posting over the past two-plus weeks. The Tigers, which are receiving votes in the coaches' poll, improved to 8-4 overall and 3-0 in Mid-South Conference action with another dominate performance Saturday. They handed the visiting University of Pikeville Bears an 8-1 setback, meaning the team has dropped only one match in league play.
Amanda Moore and Abigail Kennedy rolled to a bagel win over Haley Justice and Bryanna Schroers, while Kelly Swanson and Kaelin Roberts won 8-1 over Thais Bezerra and Cailee Marcum. Natalie Fiepke and Shae Henry had the toughest test in doubles, winning 8-2 over Macarena Acuna and Mounia Sami.
The past few years, to say the Georgetown College-University of the Cumberlands women's tennis match was vital would actually be downplaying its significance. The tightly contested dual-match has often decided postseason seeding. Both teams came prepared for the battle Tuesday at Georgetown's Lackey Tennis Center.
"It's going to be a long day," said GC coach Jessica Cunningham.
Even the players joked about needing to turn on the lights despite starting the match at 3 pm.
The significance was evident as two doubles' matches went to a tiebreaker. The Tigers cruised to the early 1-0 lead when Amanda Moore and Abigail Kennedy took an 8-2 win in the three spot.