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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.
Typically the idea for spring sports is to travel south when the season opens and the winter months may linger a bit in Kentucky. However, Wednesday's winter storm Pax also went south, altering several Georgetown College athletic teams' schedules.
The men's and women's teams were making a sweep to Waleska, Ga. – just outside of Atlanta – and Cleveland, Tenn. to play Reinhardt and Lee University in some final tune-ups before the first Mid-South Conference matches.
However, Pax swept through and has force both sets of matches to be canceled.
Georgetown College is once again playing host to the prestigious ITA Regional Tennis Tournament and despite a brief break for rain, Thursday was action packed with matches going all day.
For the Tigers, seven players are still in action – one guy and six women.
Every women's doubles team advanced to the Round of 16 to start 8 am Friday morning, while two singles also advanced to face each other when that portion of the tournament restarts at 11 am.
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