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Georgetown College's Chris Bartlett and Haley Hart earned the Mid-South Conference Champion of Character awards for men's and women's tennis respectively Thursday night during the league's banquet. Hart was also honored as first-team all-conference, while Jacqueline Otis and Kelly Swanson earned honorable mention. Gustavo Echeverria earned All-MSC honorable mention for the men. Hart, Natalie Hill, Emily Krick and Shelby Eden were named to the women's All-Academic team; while Bartlett and Ryne Least were recognized on the men's side.
Outdoor sports have to deal with weather conditions, adjusting at times to the wind. Friday, on Senior Day, Georgetown College's men's and women's tennis dealt with some fierce wind and almost knocked off visiting Campbellsville University.
The women trailed early, 2-1, after doubles, but once again found themselves in the heat of a match with a top 25 team. Jacqueline Otis' win in the singles made it interesting, but the Tigers eventually fell 5-4 in the team competition. Georgetown's three Mid-South Conference losses are all to teams in the coaches' poll and two of them come at a 5-4 score.
The Tigers' women's tennis team finished off its third match in four days with a quick 9-0 win over Shawnee State Monday in Georgetown.
GC is making a statement this season in the Mid-South Conference. The team has lost only two conference matches, the second was the first match in the four-day time frame to No. 16 Cumberland University. The only other MSC loss was to No. 5 Lindsey Wilson College.
"I couldn't be more proud of this team," said GC coach Jessica Cunningham. "They are coming together and playing hard. It can be easy in a sport such as this to get sucked into the individual aspect, but it's awesome to watch how this team really comes together for each other and you can see the team element."
It was a wild 24 hours for Georgetown College's women's tennis team. The Tigers hosted a match Friday against Mid-South Conference foe No. 16 Cumberland University. They followed that with a match at Martin Methodist Saturday.
"It was a difficult swing," said GC coach Jessica Cunningham. "Both of those teams are top teams and the added pressure of trying to stay at the top in the conference was also there against Cumberland.
"I was really pleased with how we played each day."
Georgetown College women's tennis continues to roll this season. The Tigers have lost just one conference match and stepped outside of conference for an 8-1 victory Wednesday over Centre College.
The match gave second-year coach Jessica Cunningham some chances to shift the line up a bit and see some of her other players step up.
Georgetown swept the doubles competition against Centre Tuesday and dropped just one singles match.