2018 Women's Tennis
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Senior Luz Padilla (Left) and sophomore Katie Larck (Right)
Women's Tennis - Sun, Sep. 24, 2017

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.   The Point University women's tennis team competed for the second time during the fall season, traveling to the prestigious Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) South Regional Tournament, hosted by NAIA national men's and women's tennis champions Georgia Gwinnett College, Sept. 22-24, in Lawrenceville, Ga.  Four singles players and two doubles pairs competed in the event and won three consolation singles matches


The difficult regional tournament field included defending NAIA national champion and tournament hosts, Georgia Gwinnett, which ranked number one in the final coaches' poll after the NAIA national tournament; number four-ranked SCAD-Savannah; number 10 Xavier University (La.); number 13 University of Mobile (Ala.); number 15 SCAD-Atlanta; number 20 Middle Georgia State; and number 26 Reinhardt University (Ga.).


Head coach Chad Simpson commented, "I was really proud of our three consolation wins.  Our girls out fought their opponents and that is a characteristic for which I want this program to be known.  By bringing that same intensity to the practice court, I think we will see our consistency rise and the results will follow."


Freshman Madison Marler (Alpharetta, GA), the consolation winner in her first collegiate event at the John Williams Invitational at Huntingdon College (Ala.), Sept. 15-17, lost her round-of-32 match against Yi Chen Pao from Xavier, 6-1 and 6-2, and then defeated Antonella Altamirano from SCAD, 8-4, in her first consolation match.  Marler was eliminated from further action in the consolation quarterfinals, 8-3, by Samantha Dearing from Reinhardt.


Marler and her doubles partner, freshman Esther de Miguel (Snellville, GA) lost 8-0 in the round of 16 to Emerald Able and Margarida Abreu, the number two seeded pair from national champion Georgia Gwinnett.  Able and Abreu won their next three matches and upset the number one seeded tandem from University of Mobile, Sina Marchione and Mariah Plauth in the doubles championship match, 6-1 and 6-4.


De Miguel, playing in her first ITA Regional, lost her round-of-32 match to number six seeded Gabrielle Robinson from Georgia Gwinnett by set scores of 6-0 and 6-0, and moved into the consolation bracket.  De Miguel defeated Brookelyn Scott from Brewton-Parker in round three, 8-0, and advanced to the consolation quarterfinals before losing 8-5 to number three-seeded Maya Mammetgulyyeva from Brenau University.


In the other half of the singles draw, Point senior Luz Padilla (Tucuman, Argentina), who ranks second in Point history with 15 career singles victories, began the tournament with a round-of-32 loss to number four-seeded Margarida Abreu from Georgia Gwinnett, 6-2, and 6-0.  Padilla moved into round three in the consolation bracket and defeated Nathalia Bolivar from SCAD, 8-5, and lost 8-3 to Kirsten Dickens from Brenau in the consolation quarterfinals.  Abreu later lost in the semifinals to her teammate, Emerald Able, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 1-0 (7).


Padilla also teamed with her number one doubles partner from last season, sophomore Katie Larck (Champaign, IL) in the regional doubles draw.  Padilla and Larck lost 8-0 against Robinson and Debora Scurt from Georgia Gwinnett in the round of 16.


Larck won her round-of-32 singles match by walkover against Brenau's Peeraya Charoensirisutthikul, and lost 6-0 and 6-1 to number two-seeded Charlene Goreau from Xavier (La.) in the round of 16.


NEXT COMPETITION:  Point women's tennis wraps up its 2017 fall season when it competes at the Georgia Gwinnett College Grizzly Invitational, Oct. 13-15, in Lawrenceville, Georgia.