Montgomery. Ala. —
The Valdosta State Lady women's tennis team eliminated North Alabama 5-0 in the semifinal round of the Gulf South Conference Tournament on Saturday before falling 5-0 to the West Florida Argonauts in the championship match at Lagoon Park Tennis Center in Montgomery, Ala..
In the first match of the day, the Lady Blazers cruised past the Lions beginning with an 8-4 win for Michelle Fischer and Sabrina Schmidt over Natalia Barragan and Avery King at No. 1 doubles.
Jennifer Rink and Jessica Tuggle fell 8-3 to Olivera Ngouabeu and Bruna Viera at No. 2, but Julianna Boehm and Moriah Hibbard blistered Madison Patey and Morgan Jose 8-3 in the ensuing pro set at No. 3 to give VSU a 2-1 lead heading into singles.
The Blazers needed just three singles victories to take the match, and Fischer, Laura Ubeda, and Sabrina Schmidt answered the call.
Fischer handily defeated Ngouabeu at No. 1, 6-1, 6-0, before Ubeda blasted Barragan at No. 2 with a 6-1, 6-1 win. The third and final victory for Schmidt came at No. 4 with a 6-2, 6-1 over King.
The triumph over the Lions earned the Lady Blazers an opportunity to compete for the GSC Title, but the squad was denied by the top-seeded Argonauts.
Valdosta State was unable to establish any momentum early in the match, as West Florida picked up three straight wins in doubles action to take an early 3-0 lead in the match.
Fischer and Schmidt suffered a loss to Monika Kochinova and Laure-Eline Faure 8-4 at No. 1, and the struggle continued for the Lady Blazers at No. 2, as Rink at Tuggle were outlasted 8-3 by Kat Kikosavljevic and Francesca Franchin.
UWF's team of Nina Bubelova and Fernanda Amaral finished off doubles play at No. 3 with an 8-5 win over Boehm and Hibbard at No. 3.
In singles action, the Argonauts secured their championship bid with a 6-3, 6-1 win for Kochanova over Fischer at No. 1, followed by a 6-2, 6-2 win for Franchin over VSU's Joanna Lario at No. 6.