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April 12, 2014

Women's tennis topples nationally ranked Shorter, 6-0

VALDOSTA — In a battle of two of the nation's top 25 teams on Saturday, the No. 15 Valdosta State women's tennis team walked away with a dominant 6-0 win over No. 22 Shorter in Gulf South Conference action at the Blazer Tennis Courts.

The Lady Blazers improved their record against league opponents to 6-1 on the year and moved to 12-4 overall. Meanwhile, the Lady Hawks were unable to get anything going in the match and fell to 13-7 overall. The loss was just the second of the season for Shorter in GSC play.

Valdosta State took control of the match from the outset with three straight victories in doubles action, beginning with an 8-6 victory for Michelle Fischer and Sabrina Schmidt over Shorter's pairing of Candice Laurent and Aurelie Gaborit.

Jessica Tuggle and Jennifer Rink joined up at No. 2 doubles to claim an 8-3 win over Aurore Beltrando and Daniela Chipe, and freshman Moriah Hibbard combined with Julianna Boehm at No. 3 to defeat Ornella Frere and Sicquena Sinclair and get the Lady Blazers off to a 3-0 start after doubles.

Fischer held on to defeat Laurent at No. 1 to begin singles play on the morning, followed by Schmidt, who blistered Daniela Chipe 6-0, 6-1 at No. 4. Laura Ubeda was responsible for the remaining VSU point, as she outlasted Gaborit at No. 2 for a 7-6 (3) victory.

Boehm, Rink, and Joanna Lario all led in their respective singles sets, but the match was cut short once Valdosta State took the 6-0 advantage.

Next up for Lady Blazer tennis are two make-up contests on Wednesday in Montgomery, Ala. against Christian Brothers and West Georgia to close out regular season play.

The Gulf South Conference Tournament will begin the following day in Montgomery.


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