2018 Women's Tennis
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Women's Tennis - Tue, Sep. 19, 2017

MONTGOMERY, Ala.   Point University women's tennis competed for the first time during the fall season at the John McWilliams Fall Invitational, hosted by Huntingdon College in Lagoon Park in Montgomery, Ala., Sept. 15-17.  One singles player won their consolation draws.


The tournament field included LaGrange College (Ga.), Millsaps College (Miss.), Oglethorpe University (Ga.) and the host school Huntingdon College (Ala.), all members of the NCAA Division III, along with Point University from the NAIA.

Head coach Chad Simpson commented, "This was an amazing weekend for the team to go sweat and compete against so many excellent players.  Maddi (Marler) stepped up big time to achieve one of our fall team goals – winning a flight of singles.  She overcame adversities in all three matches, and I was really proud of how this freshman responded.  The future is bright for this program."


Freshman Madison Marler (Alpharetta, GA) made her collegiate debut and began with a 7-5, 7-5 victory over Rachel Beck from Millsaps in the first round.  In her semifinal match, Marler defeated Delaney Abood from Oglethorpe, 6-0 and 7-6, and won the flight championship with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Morgan Jenkins from Millsaps.


Marler also paired with freshman Esther de Miguel (Snellville, GA) for an 8-2 victory over Zoya Robinson and Josie Waddell from Huntingdon in the first round of Flight A doubles and then lost 8-5 in the semifinals to Caroline Johnson and Hannah Datillo from Oglethorpe.


De Miguel also made her collegiate singles debut last weekend with a 6-0, 6-1 loss to Grace Gaskins from Millsaps in the first round and a 7-6, 6-2 loss to Jenna Eppes from LaGrange in her first consolation match.  She went on to lose 6-1, 6-0 against Ashley Ford from Millsaps in a second consolation round.


Senior Luz Padilla (Tucuman, Argentina), who ranks second in most career singles victories at Point with 14, competed in the same singles flight as de Miguel and began the tournament with a first-round loss to Zoya Robinson from Huntingdon and a 6-0, 6-0 loss to the eventual consolation champion Hannah Datillo from Oglethorpe.


Padilla also teamed with her number one doubles partner from last season, sophomore Katie Larck (Champaign, IL) and won one and lost two in Flight B doubles.  Padilla and Larck defeated Eppes and Phillips from Oglethorpe, 8-3, and lost in the next round to Shannon Cruz and Taylor Cranford from Oglethorpe, 9-7.  Gaskins and Jill Sandoz from Millsaps ended the day for the Point pair with an 8-6 victory.


Larck won her first-round singles match, 6-0 and 6-0 over Heather Tabor from Huntingdon and lost in a championship semifinal match to Dabadie from Millsaps, 6-4, 6-1.  Dabadie went on to win the flight championship.  Larck lost 6-1 and 6-2 in the consolation round to Ella Shields from Millsaps


Sophomore Eman Cohen (Columbus, GA) played a pair of singles matches in her first action of the season and lost 6-2 and 6-1 against Natalie Toups from Millsaps and 6-3, 6-2 against Reya Hayek from Millsaps.


NEXT COMPETITION:  Point women's tennis continues its 2017 fall season when it competes at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association South Regional Championships, Sept. 22-24, at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, Georgia.