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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.
Georgetown College men's tennis team took a good step forward Wednesday afternoon on its home court. The Tigers picked up their third win of the spring season with a 6-3 victory over Centre College.
"We needed this," said GC coach Jessica Cunningham. "We have been dealt a few tough blows, but it is all in how we handle it and move forward."
Georgetown is currently without leader Benjamin Aspillaga. The senior suffered a knee injury during soccer season, but is still hopefully for a return at some point this spring.
For the first time in a while according to Georgetown College tennis coach Jessica Cunningham, both our men's and women's teams are in the rankings as was released Tuesday evening by the NAIA national office.
The men jumped from receiving votes in the previous poll to be No. 22 in the preseason poll and play their first match of the spring this weekend at University of Indianapolis. On the women's side, GC is receiving votes.
As a league, the Mid-South fared well with five men's teams in the Top 25 and three women's teams in the Top 25 with two others receiving votes.
For the first time since Matias Carcamo in 2008, Georgetown College men's tennis has a singles player in the national rankings, which were released recently by the ITA.
Senior Benjamin Aspillaga was tabbed the 36th best men's singles' player in the Top 50. Only four other Mid-South Conference players are ranked higher - two from Lindsey Wilson College, one from Cumberland University and one from University of Pikeville. In the East Regional rankings, Aspillaga is the fifth best player just behind Pikeville's Dmitry Babenkov.