By JUSTIN GILLELAND
It was a tale of two sides Friday night when the men’s tennis team clinched a nail-biter, defeating the Millsaps College Majors 5-4.
The women fought hard but would come up short, losing to Millsaps 6-3.
The men went down early in doubles, losing the #1 and #3 spots.
Chris Davidson and Patrick Steck came to the rescue at #2 doubles to secure a thrilling win in tiebreak fashion.
Millsaps proceeded to take the #1 and #4 singles match, but that’s as far as they would get.
Trey Martin put the nail in the coffin at #5 singles, clinching the match with a 6-3, 6-3 win.
“It was a hard-fought match. Millsaps is a really tough team, but I thought we all came together and played like we are capable of securing the win,” said Davidson, following his wins during the match.
With the victory, the men’s team remains undefeated in USA South play and extended their winning streak to four in a row.
However, the Lady Lions would not be as successful.
Piedmont went down quickly to Millsaps, as the opponent took the first two doubles matches.
The #3 doubles team of Erin Krause and Nicole Parrish managed to keep the girls in their match by pulling off an 8-6 win.
Although they won the doubles match, it would not be enough to help the Lady Lions secure the win.
The women of Millsaps continued their strong run behind the Majors’ Deena Li Kam Wa.
Li Kam Wa lived up to her reputation, remaining undefeated in the #1 singles position as well as doubles.
The next two wins from the Lions would come from Chelsea Prince at #3 singles, 0-6 6-4 (10-8), and Erin Krause at the #6 spot, 6-3 6-3.
With the loss, the women fall to 2-3 in the season, but they remain undefeated in conference play.
On Saturday, March 16, the tennis teams faced North Carolina Wesleyan in Demorest.
The Lady Lions defeated the USA South opponent 5-4.
In singles, Chelsea Price, Erin Krause and Nicole Parish led the women with wins.
The men’s team suffered a devastating loss, losing all matches with a resulting scored of 0-9.
The teams also faced Christopher Newport this weekend, completing the three games in three day series.
The men fell to CNU by a score of 3-6, and the women lost 2-7.
Both teams jump into the heart of USA South play with multiple matches scheduled, beginning on Wednesday, March 20th as they host an old GSAC rival, LaGrange College. The match time is scheduled for 3:30 pm at home.