DAHLONEGA, Ga. -- Fifth-ranked Columbus State began a tough five-match road trip with a 6-3 victory against North Georgia on Wednesday afternoon. The matches took place at the UNG Tennis Complex at Yahoola Creek Park.
The Lady Cougars (8-1, 5-0 PBC) were close to sweeping doubles play but the Nighthawks were able to steal a win away. At the top spot, eighth-ranked Paola Cigui and Beatriz Leon improved to 9-0 this season with a perfect 8-0 win against Cameron Williams and Adalyn Hazelman. CSU also ran away at third doubles with Laura Chapman and Saravinder Pannu taking down Nela Handac and Audrey Marlette 8-2.
Second doubles was a back-and-forth affair that went into a tiebreak. Eventually, Natalia Escobar and Mathilde Baartvedt came away with an 9-8 victory against Camila Tobar and Olivera Jokic.
In singles action, second-ranked Cigui recorded a 6-2, 6-0 victory at first singles over Williams. At second singles, 23rd-ranked Leon, the reigning PBC Player of the Week, continued her great play with a 6-1, 6-2 win against Baartvedt. Chapman was victorious at fourth singles for the Lady Cougars defeating Hazelman 6-0, 6-2 while Elena Preadca won 6-2, 6-1 at the sixth spot over Handac.
North Georgia (5-4, 1-3) was able to win two close matches in singles play. At third singles, Escobar and Tobar played a tiebreaker for the match with Escobar coming away with a 6-3, 5-7, 7-5 victory. After a tight first set, Mallory Kolts won the second against Olivera Tadijin to win fifth singles 7-6, 6-2.