UAB's Rachel Daniell played at the No. 1 court for the first time in her career, picking up a win on Saturday.
Feb. 2, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ----- The UAB women's tennis team picked up its second-straight win to start the 2013 season as the Blazers defeated Georgia Southern, 4-2, at George Ward Park on Saturday.
Before the match started, the two teams decided to play singles first due to the threat of inclement weather in the Birmingham area. UAB (2-0) picked up the needed four victories to clinch the match, before both squads agreed not to proceed with doubles play.
"From a mental standpoint, our girls handled everything very well today," UAB head coach Lisa Jackson said. "They had to adjust to the cold weather and the flip-flop with doubles and singles play, and I thought they responded in a positive manner to their surroundings."
Freshman Elaine Simon started the Blazers' surge with a strong performance at the No. 6 position, ousting Francisca Norregaard, 6-3, 6-0, to give UAB the early advantage.
"Elaine didn't play like a freshman today," said Jackson. "She really got us going with a quick match at the No. 6 court, which helped us establish the early momentum."
Simon's victory was then followed by a win from senior Isabel Fernandez at court No. 2, where she defeated GSU's Jordana Klein, 6-1, 6-1, to help the Blazers to a 2-0 lead.
The Eagles, who move to 1-1 overall on the season with Saturday's loss, followed two UAB victories with a 6-2, 6-2 triumph from Stephanie Woods over Menanteau Moolman at the fourth position.
With the score at 2-1 in favor of the Blazers, the Green and Gold followed with two-straight wins at the first and third positions.
"Rachel did a phenomenal job today," added Jackson. "For the first time in her career, she played at the top position, and she handled that well with a big win for us."
The Eagles' Natalie Maffett finished the day with a 3-6, 7-5, 10-7 win over UAB freshman Amy Lowther at the fifth position to give her team its second and final point of the day.
UAB now faces Mercer on Sunday at Noon CT in a contest that will be played at Samford University.
Tennis Match Results
Georgia Southern vs. UAB
Feb. 2, 2013 at Birmingham, Ala.
(George Ward Park)
UAB 4, Georgia Southern 2
1. Rachel Daniell (UAB) def. Paola Garrido (GSU) 6-3, 6-2
2. Isabel Fernandez (UAB) def. Jordana Klein (GSU) 6-1, 6-1
3. Caroline Faught (UAB) def. Mary Phillips Smith (GSU) 6-3, 6-2
4. Stephanie Woods (GSU) def. Menanteau Moolman (UAB) 6-2, 6-2
5. Natalie Maffett (GSU) def. Amy Lowther (UAB) 3-6, 7-5, 10-7
6. Elaine Simon (UAB) def. Francisca Norregaard (GSU) 6-3, 6-0
Georgia Southern 1-1
Order of finish: Doubles (); Singles (6,2,4,3,1,5)
Teams played singles first due to threat of inclement weather.