Georgetown College Women's Tennis Moves On To Mid-South Championship
Submitted on April 22, 2019
Georgetown College Women’s Tennis Team rallied their way to an appearance in the finals of the Mid-South Conference Tournament, their first finals appearance in nearly a decade. The Tigers will take on their rival from the early 2000s, Lindsay Wilson College, who defeated Cumberland University in their semifinal.
Facing off against University of the Cumberlands in the semifinal, Georgetown College needed all the grit and determination they could muster to pull out the victory.
Lower-seeded UC took control of the match quickly with the first two wins during doubles play. Juniors Madelyn Kauffman and Lauren Fazenbaker made sure Georgetown was not down three points with an 8-6 win in the last doubles match. University of the Cumberlands led 2-1 going into singles play.
"That was a huge point for us to pick up," Cunningham said. "We swept doubles in Williamsburg, all in close fashion, so it was good momentum to come out of doubles with at least a point and the final doubles to finish. Sent us into singles more focused.”
MSC Freshman of the Year, Maci Ferguson, made quick work of her singles match. Losing only a game in each set, the rookie tallied a 6-1, 6-1 win and the overall match was leveled at 2-2.
Kauffman did the same in her singles match, besting Luka Lyttle 6-1, 6-1, and the Tigers had their first lead.
ITA ranked Tomomi Nagao put the match at three all with a gritty 6-2, 6-3 win over Fazenbaker. However, Amanda Moore answered right back for GC with a grueling 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-0 win, giving GC a 4-3 edge.
"Amanda is never out of a match," Cunningham said. "This was a huge point for us, and I was never concerned with her in this position. She has an uncanny resolve to clear off a set and start fresh. She clawed that second set out and then never looked back."
Noel Bielski dropped the tiebreaker in set one, 7-2, to fall to Tessa Gray 7-6 (7-2), 6-3. Meaning the entire match came down to Georgetown College’s Katie Swanson versus UC’s Grace Steely.
Swanson battled her way into a great position, winning the first set, however, she lost the second set, sending the semifinal into a match-deciding final set.
"Nothing more dramatic than a match resting all on the final set," said GC coach Jessica Cunningham. "I'm so proud of the way these young women never lost focus and battled through it all. Katie wiped away the second set and treated the clinching set like it was set one. That shows so much mental toughness. This whole team demonstrated that all day, and it's why we are back in the championship."
Swanson cruised by dropping just two games in set three for a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 victory.
Georgetown College will take on Lindsay Wilson College in the Mid-South Conference Championship on Saturday, April 27 at 11:00 A.M. EST in Bowling Green, Ky.