Headed for Savannah - Getting 2 wins, UPDATE
SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Presbyterian College women’s team topped the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and Savannah State in a season-opening doubleheader on Sunday in Savannah, Ga. The Blue Hose edged SCAD, 4-3, in the first match of the day, before defeating the Tigers, 6-1, in the later action.
Presbyterian won its third straight season-opening match with the victory over the Bees in the first-ever meeting between the two. The Blue Hose also improved to 5-0 in the Division I era against Savannah State. PC starts 2-0 for the second straight season after winning its first three matches to start the 2015 campaign.
PC started the day with a tight victory over reigning Sun Conference Champion SCAD in the morning. Tracy Johnson and Claire-Mitchell Andrews recorded a 6-4 victory for PC at flight three doubles, while SCAD’s Camille Gbaguidi and Paige Murdock earned a 6-0 win at flight one. The Bees would ultimately take the doubles point with a key win at flight two that featured a tiebreaker, resulting in a 7-6 (8-6) victory for Julie Albuquerque and Karina Rovira.
In singles, Caroline Ferrari, Tracy Johnson and Claire-Mitchell Andrews each claimed victories at their respective flights, while SCAD earned wins at flights one and four to tie the match at 3-3. The deciding match would come at flight five as Brittany Nuttall battled Angie Dahnous in a dramatic three-set match. Dahnous claimed the first set 6-3, but Nuttall rallied back to take the match with a 7-6 advantage in set two before taking the decisive third set 6-3 to claim the match and give PC the victory.
In the later match against Savannah State, PC swept the three doubles matches by scores of 6-1, 6-2 and 6-0 at flights one, two and three, respectively, to take a 1-0 lead in the match. Nicole Croxton and Kayla Stanford started singles play with 6-0, 6-0 victories at flights five and six, respectively. Johnson then picked up a 6-1, 6-2 win at flight two to clinch the victory for PC. Celine Schepers earned a 6-1, 6-4 win at flight one, while Nuttall won at flight three, 6-2, 6-3.
The Blue Hose return to action next Saturday, January 30, with its second of three doubleheaders this season. They will travel to Jacksonville, Ala. to face Jacksonville State at 9 a.m. and follow with a match against Alabama A&M at 3 p.m.
Presbyterian College 4, SCAD 3
1. No. 2 Camille Gbaguidi (SCAD) def. Celine Schepers (PC) 6-2, 6-1
2. Caroline Ferrari (PC) def. Paige Murdock (SCAD) 6-1, 6-3
3. Tracy Johnson (PC) def. Karina Rovira (SCAD) 6-4, 6-2
4. No. 19 Julie Albuquerque (SCAD) def. Demi Henschel (PC) 6-7 (3-5), 6-1, 6-1
5. Brittany Nuttall (PC) def. No. 32 Angie Dahnous (SCAD) 3-6, 7-6, 6-3
6. Claire-Mitchell Andr (PC) def. Daniella Arcile (SCAD) 6-1, 6-3
1. Camille Gbaguidi/Paige Murdock (SCAD) def. Demi Henschel/Caroline Ferrari(PC) 6-0
2. Julie Albuquerque/Karina Rovira (SCAD) def. Nicole Croxton/Celine Schepers(PC) 7-6 (8-6)
3. Tracy Johnson/Claire-Mitchell Andrews (PC) def. Daniella Arcile/Anastasia Castro (SCAD) 6-4
Presbyterian College 6, Savannah State 1
1. Celine Schepers (PC) def. LOCHU,Sandy (SSU) 6-1, 6-4
2. Tracy Johnson (PC) def. GERONIMO, Elizabeth (SSU) 6-1, 6-2
3. Brittany Nuttall (PC) def. KATEB,Rachida (SSU) 6-2, 6-3
4. VIVAS,Jennyfer (SSU) def. Madison Utberg (PC) 6-2, 2-3, retired
5. Nicole Croxton (PC) def. BURROW,Bria (SSU) 6-0, 6-0
6. Kayla Stanford (PC) def. WILLIAMS,Tiffany (SSU) 6-0, 6-0
1. Tracy Johnson/Nicole Croxton (PC) def. LOCHU,Sandy/GERONIMO, Elizabeth (SSU) 6-1
2. Claire-Mitchell Andrews/Madison Utberg (PC) def. VIVAS,Jennyfer/KATEB,Rachida (SSU) 6-2
3. Kayla Stanford/Brittany Nuttall (PC) def. BURROW,Bria/WILLIAMS,Tiffany (SSU) 6-0
Previous: Women’s Tennis Opens Season with Doubleheader on Saturday
The Presbyterian College women’s tennis team opens the season on Saturday with a doubleheader against Savannah State and the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Ga. PC will take on the Tigers at 10 a.m. before switching venues to face the Bees at 3 p.m.
PC enters 2016 coming off a 12-11 record last season, its first winning season since transitioning to Division I starting with the 2008 season. Head coach Catherine Dunagan enters her fifth season at the helm of the program that has seen its win total increase each of the last three seasons under her direction.
PC has won its last two season openers entering play on Saturday, including a season-opening win over Savannah State in 2014. The Blue Hose are 4-0 against Savannah State on the tennis courts since moving to Division I, totaling a 27-1 mark in those four matches. PC topped the Tigers, 7-0, in each of the first three matches before winning by a 6-1 decision last season.
Presbyterian will face SCAD for the first time in history of the two programs. The Bees went 14-4 last season, including a flawless 7-0 record in the Sun Conference, and advanced to the NAIA quarterfinals for the third straight season.
PC will look to seniors Claire-Mitchell Andrews and Kayla Stanford to lead a relatively young squad that features four upperclassmen with two sophomores and three freshmen. Andrews went 11-11 in singles play last season between flights two and four, while compiling a 10-7 record with Brittany Nuttall at flight two in doubles.
Nuttall will also be a key on the singles side, after spending last season at flights one and two as a freshman. Demi Henschel also returns for PC, after going 7-5 at flight three last season. The Blue Hose return just four of the eight players that competed in singles in 2015.
Saturday’s doubleheader will be one of three for the Blue Hose in 2016 and the first of two doubleheaders to open the season. PC will play two matches in Jacksonville, Fla. on Saturday, November 30, in its next action.