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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).
Georgetown College women's tennis blanked their quarterfinal opponent, punching a ticket into Friday morning's semifinals at Lackey Tennis Center. The Tigers, receiving votes in the national poll, beat the sixth-seed Bluefield Rams for the second day in a row. The team from Virginia defaulted at No. 3 doubles and No. 5 and 6 singles, putting GC up 3-0 before it started.
All you need is five wins to secure the match and No. 1 & 2 doubles took care of business for the Orange & Black. Georgetown won 5-0 and plays Campbellsville University at 11 am Friday.
Someone's win streak was destined to be broken Friday afternoon at Georgetown College. The Tigers' women's tennis team, which is receiving votes, had a showdown with potential future Great Midwest Athletic Conference foe Davis & Elkins. The NCAA Division II school team came to the Lackey Tennis Center for the first time of what might start a long rivalry. The Senators are top in the G-MAC, but Georgetown edged them out 5-4 in this first meeting.
"I knew this was going to be a great match and everyone stepped up," said Tiger coach Jessica Cunningham. "That ended a 10-win streak for Davis & Elkins. Our young ladies are playing really well and it is fun when you get to see the team aspect of this game."
Tennis is so often seen as an individual sport, but GC (13-4) is on a six-match streak dating back to a road loss in late March to Campbellsville. After starting the spring season 0-2, the Tigers have gone 13-2, including three wins by one match.
It was a day for seniors to shine in tennis. Georgetown College men's and women's teams were hosting Cumberland University with a lot at stake.
On the women's side, both teams are receiving votes and are looking to better themselves for postseason seeding. On the men's side, GC has had some rough breaks and was looking to challenge the No. 7 team in the nation. In the end it was the Tiger women taking the 5-4 victory and the men dropping 7-2.
"It was a great day," said Tiger coach Jessica Cunningham. "Our women showed a lot of heart and our men proved to be who we knew they could be all along."
It has been tight matches over the past year and a half when Georgetown College and University of the Cumberlands plays women's tennis. The past three matches have been decided by 5-4 scores, the Tigers winning two of them. Thursday was the most recent of those with it coming down to the sixth seed in singles.
"With the overall match tied 4-4, it came down to Alyssa Kennedy's match and she was in a tie at a set apiece," said GC coach Jessica Cunningham. "Alyssa battled through, which is a very tough spot to be in, knowing the match came down to her.
"This is her first year in the singles lineup as she has mostly played doubles for us her freshman year. This was a huge win at singles to clinch the match."
The sophomore won 5-7, 6-2, 6-2.