Feb. 20, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ----- The UAB women’s tennis team used three straight-set singles wins to get by Samford, 4-3, on Wednesday at the Samford Tennis Courts.
Now at 6-1 overall on the year, the Blazers host Chattanooga Thursday at 12:30 p.m. CT at George Ward Park.
On Wednesday, UAB used a 9-8 (5) win at the first position in doubles from the tandem of Menanteau Moolman and Rachel Daniell to take the point, while Blazer Sarah Witkowski clinched the match with a 6-4, 6-4 win at the sixth singles position.
“We competed hard today, especially in doubles,” UAB head coach Lisa Jackson said. “I am proud of Sarah (Witkowski) for clinching the match under a pressure situation. Now, we have to refocus for a tough contest against Chattanooga tomorrow.”
The Blazers started the day with a stiff test in doubles. The two teams split the second and third courts with UAB’s team of Witkowski and Caroline Faught taking an 8-6 loss to the Bulldog tandem of Carita Moolman and Adri Lochner.
At the third position, UAB picked up a win when Elaine Simon and Isabel Fernandez ousted Samford’s Jessica Northcutt and Emily Mallory, 8-6, before Moolman and Daniell clinched the point at the top spot.
In singles, Samford took the first win to tie the match at 1-1. That victory came at the third court where Stephanie N’tcha defeated Moolman, 6-3, 6-0.
UAB followed that loss with two-straight wins at the first and second positions. At court No. 2, Daniell ran past Northcutt, 6-4, 6-0, before Fernandez took a 6-4, 7-5 win at the top position.
Up 3-1, the Blazers then took a loss from Simon, who fell, 6-4, 6-1, to Mallory at court No. 5. With the match at 3-2 in favor of UAB, Witkowski then clinched the Blazers’ sixth win with a victory over Ann Marie Lyon.
UAB takes its 6-1 record against Chattanooga on Thursday before trekking to Auburn on Saturday for a 4 p.m. CT first serve.
Tennis Match Results
UAB vs Samford
Feb. 20, 2013 at Birmingham, Ala.
(Samford Tennis Center)
UAB 4, Samford 3
1. Isabel Fernandez (UAB) def. Kristin Lewis (SAM-WT) 6-4, 7-5
2. Rachel Daniell (UAB) def. Jessica Northcutt (SAM-WT) 6-4, 6-0
3. Stephanie N'tcha (SAM-WT) def. Menanteau Moolman (UAB) 6-3, 6-0
4. Carita Moolman (SAM-WT) def. Amy Lowther (UAB) 6-2, 3-6, 6-0
5. Emily Mallory (SAM-WT) def. Elaine Simon (UAB) 6-4, 6-1
6. Sarah Witkowski (UAB) def. Ann Marie Lyon (SAM-WT) 6-4, 6-4
1. Rachel Daniell/Menanteau Moolman (UAB) def. Kristin Lewis/Stephanie N'tcha (SAM-WT) 9-8
2. Carita Moolman/Adri Lochner (SAM-WT) def. Caroline Faught/Sarah Witkowski (UAB) 8-6
3. Elaine Simon/Isabel Fernandez (UAB) def. Jessica Northcutt/Emily Mallory (SAM-WT) 8-6