MONTGOMERY – Following a 3-1 lead, the North Alabama tennis team canceled a rally by host Alabama State on Sunday to claim a 4-3 victory at Montgomery. With the victory, the Lions even have their record at 2: 2 in the season.
After winning the colon, UNA won two of the first three games in the singles, defeating the defending SWAC champions in a single point. However, the ASU won the first two individual positions to even reach the match.
Freshman Payton Andrews delivered the crucial point on # 3 of the singles. Andrews rallied in the second set and won a tiebreaker for a 6-2, 7-6 victory when the Lions scored the 4-3 overall victory.
"That was great for Payton when he played against a senior who is one of the most reliable players," said coach Brice Bishop. "We played well in the big moments against a good team. We knew that they would be tough on their local dishes. Winning their conference and playing in the NCAA tournament while most of their players returned was very worrying. I'm proud of the way we reacted today. "
Andrews and Claudia Arroyo scored a 6-2 win in the first doubles. Nele Seitz and Sydney Flesch also won 6-2 in the No. 2 double, while Nina Linke and Megan Humphreys were the 6-4 doubles in the doubles.
After the Lions led 1-0, Seitz went to work and quickly expanded the lead with a 6-4, 6-1 win at No.6 singles. The Hornets (1-5) went on to win fifth place in the standings on the scoreboard before Flesch increased the UNA lead to 3-1 with a dominant 6-3 and 6-2 victory in fourth place.
The Lions will put their winning streak on the road in two games. On Thursday we head to South Alabama, followed by a double header against Mississippi State on Saturday.
The state of Alabama scored a 7-0 victory over the Lions during the men's game.
"All three doubles were competitive and we could have won them," Bishop said. "It is very disappointing that we continue to make the same mistakes on big points. We knew the state of Alabama would be good, and we crept into the games, but we did not struggle hard on big issues. "
The Lions squeezed a match to a third set on singles # 2 and # 6 before they missed each.
The Lions will travel to Birmingham on Sunday to fight UAB. The playing time is set for 13 o'clock. in the UAB Tennis Complex.
• Harper was named Player of the WeekASUN conference officials have named Lexie Harper of North Alabama as the league's first player for the 2019 season.
Harper, a true freshman from Smyrna, Tennessee, fought 500 points a week as the UNA opened its Division I era with three wins.
Harper had multiple goals in each game as Lions beat UAB on Thursday and then defeated Alcorn State twice on the weekend. She finished week 6 for 12 with an RBI and was 3 for 3 in stolen base trials.
UNA plays a double header on Saturday at 2pm in Samford.
• Lions holding reunification: UNA women's basketball team holds a meeting for all former Lions players and coaches.
The reunion takes place on Saturday at the home game against Liberty. Former players are invited to play a game before the game at 11:30, the game is viewed at 1:00 pm and then recognized at the halfway point of the women's game on the court.
All former players who wish to participate should contact Megan Dye at email@example.com or (256) 765-4615.
UNA Womens Basketball began as an extra-murals program and was transferred to the Intercollegiate in 1976 as part of the Alabama Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AAIAW).
The Lions were part of the 1982 women's sports transition to the NCAA competition and are now in their first season as the NCAA Division I program.