#8 Georgia Southern 4, #9 Davidson 1
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Eighth-seeded Georgia Southern topped No. 9 Davidson 4-1 in the first round of the 2012 Southern Conference Women's Tennis Championships Thursday. The Eagles advance to face top seeded UNCG Friday morning.
Due to inclement weather in the morning, the match began with singles play. The Eagles picked up wins from Paola Garrido, Caitlin Kitchen, Alexis Prickett and Natalie Maffett to clinch the victory.
Davidson earned the first point of the match as Brites Moniz-Soares downed Allison Beeler (6-0, 6-0) at No. 2 singles.
Garrido claimed a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Stephani Synn at No. 1 singles to pull the Eagles even. Prickett's 6-2, 6-0 victory over Nisha Crouser gave GSU a 2-1 lead that the Eagles would not relinquish. Kitchen downed Katharine Dicconson 6-2, 6-4 at No. 3 to push the Eagles ahead, 3-1. Maffett then finished her 6-3, 6-0 victory over Frizzi Bschorer at No. 6 to send the Eagles to Friday's quarterfinals.
Georgia Southern improves to 6-14 on the season while Davidson closes the year at 5-19.
#7 Elon 4, #10 Wofford 0
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Elon Phoenix topped Wofford 4-0 in the first round of the Southern Conference Tennis Championships Thursday at the College of Charleston Tennis Center.
The Phoenix captured the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2. Jordan Johnston and Frida Jansaker topped Sarah Evans and Guinn Garcia 8-4, moments before Barbora Lazarova and Marie Camara Ruiz beat Julia Paulson and Emily Przystawski, 8-2.
The bottom of Elon's lineup helped push the Phoenix further ahead in singles competition. Viviana Straveva raced past Othilia Lindqvist 6-2, 6-3 and Maria Camara Ruiz beat Emily Przystawski 6-1, 6-2.
Play resumed following a lengthy rain delay Lazarova clinched the win for Elon with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Garcia.
Elon (16-8) advances to Friday's quarterfinals where the Phoenix will take on the second-seeded College of Charleston Cougars. Wofford ends the season 6-15.
#6 Appalachian State 4, #11 Western Carolina 0
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Appalachian State swept Western Carolina 4-0 in the first round of the SoCon Tennis Tournament Thursday. The No. 6 seed Mountaineers earned the doubles point then captured three wins over No. 11 Western Carolina in singles play.
Because Western Carolina had just five available players, the teams competed at the top two doubles courts with ASU earning the default victory at No. 3. ASU's Gabriela Celi and Gisela Fernandez came away with an 8-2 win over Karen Jimenez and Katie Barry at No. 2 doubles to give the Mountaineers the doubles point.
The Mountaineers (13-11) earned a point via default a No. 6 and began singles play with a 2-0 lead. The bottom of ASU's lineup clinched the match as Kim-Lea Dinh won 6-1, 6-0 over Sarah Walters at No. 5 to push the Mountaineers ahead 3-0. Jessica Thaggard then completed her 6-0, 6-0 victory over Katie Barry at No. 4 to send ASU to Friday's quarterfinals.
The Mountaineers will take on Furman Friday at 3:00 p.m.