NCAA Women's Tennis: North Georgia Blanks No. 49 Queens in Opening Round

North Georgia's Adrienne Bofinger
North Georgia's Adrienne Bofinger

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. - After clinching the doubles point quickly, the No. 12 University of North Georgia women's tennis team won three singles matches in straight sets to down No. 49 Queens, 4-0, in the opening round of the NCAA Division II Tennis Championships. The win marks the first win at the national championship site in program history.

North Georgia started quickly in doubles, winning 6-1 at No. 2 and No. 3. Emma Etelalahti and Cibeles Zuddy were first to win followed very closely by Adrienne Bofinger and Lexa Loden. Holly Bennett and Vaishali Jorge were leading, 5-2, when the point was clinched and were serving for their match as well.

In singles, Bofinger earned the first point, winning in dominant fashion, 6-1, 6-1. Zuddy wasn't far behind, winning at No. 4, 6-3, 6-2, before the singles matches were closer. Jorge went down a set early but fought back to force a third, while Claudelle Labonte Frey won her first set in a tiebreak. Bennett clinched the match with a 7-5, 6-3 win just before Loden was able to finish her match.

The Nighthawks will quickly turn around and take on third-seeded and No. 1 Lynn tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. in the quarterfinal round.