Following the team’s 6-1 win over Jacksonville on Wednesday, Appalachian State University women’s tennis returned to Southern Conference action with a 4-3 win over Georgia Southern at Hanner Tennis Complex on Friday. The Mountaineers (9-4, 2-1 SoCon) have now won six of their last
seven matches, while the Eagles (4-9, 1-3 SoCon) have lost their last five straight. In doubles, Georgia picked up the first point with an 8-2 win at No. 1, but Appalachian’s No. 2 pair of seniors Gisela Fernandez (Guadalajara, Mexico/TEC Monterrey) and Gabriela Celi (Orlando, Fla./Lake Howell) evened the match with an 8-5 victory. At No. 3, Georgia Southern pulled out a 9-7 win to give the Eagles the doubles point.
While GSU easily controlled the No. 1 singles match, Appalachian junior Jennifer Ansari (Greensboro, N.C./Walter Hines Page) dominated her No. 2 matchup, scoring shutouts in both sets for a 6-0, 6-0 win.
Junior Kim-Lea Dinh (Maisons-Alfort, France/Lycée Eugène Delacroix) evened the match at 2-2 with her win at No. 5 singles. Dinh escaped the first set with a narrow 7-6 (7-5) win and scored a late advantage to win the latter set, 7-5.
Sophomore Jessica Thaggard (Acworth, Ga./Etowah) gave the Mountaineers their first lead by holding strong in her two-set win, 6-4, 6-3 to give the Apps a 3-2 edge.
Freshman Gabby Gabriel (Weddington, N.C./Providence Day) dropped her first set, 4-6, at No 6 singles but maintained her composure to take the second, 7-5. In the decisive set, Gabriel shined and broke out a 6-1 win to clinch her own match as well as the overall team win, 4-2.
In the day’s final match on the courts, Georgia Southern scored its second singles win with a 6-7(5-7), 6-2, 6-3 to finalize Appalachian’s 4-3 victory.
The Mountaineers continue SoCon play in their next match at Furman on Wed., March 21 at 3 p.m.