FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga.—The Emmanuel College Women's Tennis Team kicked off the first conference match with a victory of 8-1 against Erskine College in South Carolina. The girls were ready to play for this match and get their revenge from the previous year.
The Lady Lions worked hard during pre-season in January, and it was seen on the tennis courts as they were ready to bring home the win today.
"All of us are hungry for victories, and it is reflected in the way we play. None of us girls give up; we always fight and give 100 percent until the very last point," says Chloe O'Connor, team captain and junior from Zimbabwe, Africa.
Number 1 Doubles of Fantine Botella and O'Connor started really well thanks to O'Connor's volleys and Botella's dominating forehand. The ladies opened with a win of 8-2.
Leading 2-1 after the doubles, the Lions needed three more wins to clinch the match.
O'Connor #6 was the first to bring the third point for the team after a match without difficulties. She used her first serve and aggressively attacked from the baseline to win 6-1, 6-1. Next, Botella #1 brought the fourth point to the team using her forehand from the baseline to win 6-2, 6-2.
The women were now leading by 4-1, and junior Kiderlen #5 was the one who brought the fifth point by using her dominating backhand to lead 6-2 6-1. A sophomore from Barcelona, Spain, Maria Raich #3, followed by bringing home the sixth point, by using her consistency to bother her opponent and closed the match 6-0, 6-1.
"The key was to start strong from the beginning and try to dominate in every point," Raich says. After the four victories in the singles, the EC team clinched the match against Erskine with two matches remaining for Silva #4 and Cipriano #2.
On Court 2, Cipriano, a junior from England, had trouble to finding a solution against her opponent, who was leading 4-3 in the first set. She finally found her game style at the end of the first set and won the match 6-4, 6-1. Rising Sophomore Victoria Silva from Venezuela was the last match still playing, and she won the first set 6-3. However, her opponent started to get more consistent and gave trouble to Silva, but the sophomore didn't give up and fought even harder to finally conclude 6-3, 6-2.
The Lady Lions finished the day with an 8-1 victory over Erskine.
EC's Women's Tennis Team travels to Atlanta this weekend to play Georgia's Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) on Friday, Feb. 17, then University of Montevallo (Alabama) on Saturday, Feb. 18.
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Picture by Mrs. Deborah Millier