Franklin Springs, GA – Emmanuel College Women's Tennis team hosted another home match this Wednesday afternoon. The Lady Lions were ready to take the Montevallo Falcons, after dropping a match to Brenau 24 hours earlier.
The even kicked off with 12 girls paired up in a doubles showdown with the visitors grabbing a win at #3 doubles by 8-2. Not too long after their first point, the Falcons also snagged a second point at Doubles #2 by 8-2, now due to a series of unforced errors in transitioning shots from the home team. With the score now 2-0 in favor of the visitors, Emmanuel was hopping to win one out of the three possible points in doubles events at #1. Just like against the Tigers last Tuesday, the match with the Falcons today was close, but full of unforced errors and doubles faults from both sides. The match was closed until a very late break favoring the Lions, who failed to close the match with a fairly easy overhead on a match point. Other 4 match points were not clinched by the young Lions team and Montevallo forced the tie-breaker! The clearly pumped Falcons used the momentum to get a double mini-break and clinched the Tie-Breaker 7-4 to open a 3-0 lead against the Lions.
With the score now in favor the visiting team, the Lions were looking to win 5 out of the 6 possible matches in singles. The task became even more difficult with the Falcons dominating the event in every court. The first singles point came at the #6 spot, where Allie Whitley defeated Claudia Morris by 6-1 6-0. Not too long after that, Rayne Sinclair clinched for the Falcons, defeating Kaylee Kirby by 6-0 6-0. With the match now already decided, the home team was still fighting to earn points on the scoreboard, but the Falcons decided not to make the task any easier by grabbing their 6th point of the day on court #2. The freshman Pearllan Cipriano who was still shaken by the doubles event, did not put a lot of resistance against Emily Beauty, falling by 6-0 6-2. On court #5, Abi Muesse dropped the first set 6-2 but found a better rhythm in the second set before dropping the match by 6-4. Another freshman, Fantine Botella, was mishitting a lot of forehands today and could not hit pass her opponent on court #1 and after several unforced errors on both sets, she fell 6-2 6-4.
The lions sole point came from the hands of Chloe O'Connor again at #3. In close games, O'Connor put ran to every ball and put a lot of pressure on the opponent, who kept misfiring on the baseline. The lady lion was better on deciding points and close the first set 6-3. The second set was much closer and the Falcon, Julia Berg, found her ways to hit powerful forehands and opened a lead with an early break. Chloe fought back and while still making several errors, found a way to not only break back, but get a 6-5 lead. When it all appeared to be over in favor of Emmanuel, Berg served well and forced a tie-breaker in the second set. O'Connor did not seem to be upset about that and handle the situation extremely well with well placed balls along the tie-break and clinched the win for EC by 7-4.
Despite the loss, the very young team continue to improve along the season and they will now travel to Columbia, SC this Saturday where they will face Columbia College. The first serve is set to 2PM!
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