UNG tennis teams bring home ITA regional awards

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TEMPE, Ariz. – The 2019 ITA NCAA Division II men’s and women’s regional award winners were announced on Wednesday, and the University of North Georgia tennis teams were well represented on the winners lists.

Ryan Gaskin was named the Southeast Region’s Player to Watch, making him the second player in program history to earn the recognition. Hugues Renaud was named the Most Improved Senior and is also the second player in program history to earn the award. The men’s team also earned the ITA Community Service Award.

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On the women’s side, Holly Bennett was named the Most Improved Senior, marking the first time in program history that a player has been given the recognition on the women’s side. Assistant coach Marcy Huck was named the women’s southeast region Assistant Coach of the Year and is the second coach in program history on the women’s side to earn the award.

UNG’s women will take on Queens (N.Y.) on Wednesday, May 22, in the round of 16 at noon.

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Nighthawks 8th in PBC Tournament, Archer named all-tourney

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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Logan Archer finished in a tie for fifth, earning All-Tournament honors, as the University of North Georgia men’s golf finished in eighth place at the Peach Belt Conference Championship.

Archer shot a three-under 69 in the final round to finish at one-under 215 for the tournament. The senior finished six strokes off the pace of Flagler’s Juan Iturra, who fired a 65 in the final round to win the tournament.

As a team, the Nighthawks shot 895 in the tournament, four strokes outside of the top five. Flagler won the tournament with a final total of 864, 10 strokes ahead of Young Harris. Columbus State finished third, followed by Clayton State. Lander and Georgia Southwestern finished in a tie for fifth.

 

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SURPRISE, SURPRISE: Nighthawks Punch Ticket to Arizona

University of North Georgia
4/29/2018 | Women’s Tennis | Box Score
WINGATE, N.C. – For the first time in program history, the No. 27 University of North Georgia women’s tennis team will be headed to the NCAA Sweet 16 in Surprise, Arizona, after upsetting No. 15 Wingate, 5-2, Sunday afternoon.

After dropping the first match of the day in doubles, the Nighthawks took the early 2-1 advantage with wins by Vaishali Jorge and Lexa Loden at No. 2 doubles before a 9-8 tiebreak win for Felicia Baratta and Holly Bennett at the top flight.

From there, the Nighthawks dominated the singles scene. Adrienne Bofinger, fresh off of the match-winning point in the first round, cruised past her opponent, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 2 singles. Bennett captured the fourth point for UNG, winning in straight sets at No. 3, setting the stage for Jorge to win at No. 4 singles to send North Georgia forward in the tournament.

This is the first time a North Georgia tennis team has advanced past the regional round.

From here, the Nighthawks will travel to Surprise, Arizona, for the NCAA Championships. The remaining 16 teams will be put into a new bracket with the top four teams seeded and the remaining 12 put into the bracket via a blind draw.

Women’s Tennis Seeded Sixth in NCAA Southeast Region

University of North Georgia
4/24/2018 | Women’s Tennis
DAHLONEGA – After a 14-7 season, the No. 24 University of North Georgia women’s tennis team will be continuing play in the postseason after being seeded sixth in the NCAA Southeast Regional and will head to second-seeded Wingate to compete in the tournament.

North Georgia will take on third-seeded and No. 25 Georgia College in the opening round and the winner will take on the advancing team from the second-seeded Wingate Bulldogs and seventh-seeded Chowan.

On the other side of the Southeast Region, top-seeded Columbus State earned a bye and will take on the winner of No. 4 Queens and No. 5 Tusculum.

The winners of the two sides of the region will advance to the finals, taking place in Surprise, Arizona, May 8-11.

The Nighthawks and Bobcats will battle for a third time this season on Saturday, April 28, at Wingate with the time to be announced later this week.

No. 24 Women’s Tennis Advances Past USC Aiken in PBC Quarterfinals

University of North Georgia
4/20/2018 | Women’s Tennis | Box Score
FLORENCE, S.C. – Adrienne Bofinger earned the fifth point for the No. 24 University of North Georgia women’s tennis team to blow past USC Aiken, 5-1, in the Peach Belt Conference quarterfinals Friday morning at Francis Marion’s Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center.

UNG began with victories at both No. 1 and No. 2 doubles as Holly Bennett and Felicia Baratta led the Nighthawk charge with an 8-3 win at No. 1 doubles. Lexa Loden and Vaishali Jorge ran past the Pacers’ second flight, 8-1.

The Nighthawks closed the door with three straight wins in singles, starting with Jorge beating Karina Blas, 6-0, 6-4 at No. 4 singles while Loden downed Neves, 6-2, 6-3 at No. 6. Bofinger clinched the match for the Nighthawks at No. 2 singles as she beat Kayla Calvert, 6-3, 7-5.

In the three matches remaining after the drop-dead point, the Nighthawks were leading one, trailing in one and were in a third set at No. 5 singles.

North Georgia will take on No. 25 Georgia College in the semifinals tomorrow morning with first serve set for 9 a.m.

Five Tennis Players Named All-Academic

University of North Georgia
4/17/2018 | Men’s Tennis
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Ahead of this weekend’s Peach Belt Conference Tournament, five University of North Georgia tennis players were named to the PBC’s All-Academic Team as announced by the league office Tuesday afternoon.

On the women’s side, Holly BennettEmma Etelalahti and Lexa Loden were three of 26 student-athletes named to the team. A junior from Kingston, England, Bennett sports a 3.31 GPA majoring in Kinesiology. Etelalahti, a junior from Suwanee, Georgia, is an Accounting major with a 3.89 GPA, and Loden, a junior from St. Marys, Georgia, hails a 3.45 GPA while majoring in Biology (Pre-Medicine).

For the men, Mark Laishley and Niklas Zielen represented UNG as two of 22 student-athletes across the conference named to the team. Laishley is a Kinesiology major from Bournemouth, England, sporting a 3.40 GPA, while Zielen, a junior from Frankfurt, Germany, also has a 3.40 GPA majoring in Business Administration.

The two Nighthawk teams will begin PBC Tournament play on Friday in quarterfinal action. The women battle USC Aiken at 9 a.m. while the men tangle with No. 3 Columbus State at 1 p.m.

Men’s Tennis Shoots Past Emmanuel, 7-2, in Season Opener

University of North Georgia
10/25/2017 | Men’s Tennis
DAHLONEGA – After a doubles sweep by the Nighthawks, the University of North Georgia men’s tennis team coasted to a 7-2 win over Emmanuel in the 2017-18 season opener Wednesday at the UNG Tennis Complex at Yahoola Creek.

All three doubles teams ran past their Lion opponents by scores of 8-3. Mark Laishley earned the first singles point at No. 4 singles by a 6-0, 6-1 score to put UNG up, 4-0.

After Emmanuel won at No. 3 singles, Tim Kiehl finished his match at No. 2 singles in straight sets to clinch the win. Ryan Gaskin won at No. 1 singles in a three-set come-from-behind match to earn UNG’s sixth point of the day.

The match served as the lone event counting toward the overall record for North Georgia. The Nighthawks will next play on the road at Belmont Abbey on February 3.

SINGLES
1. Ryan Gaskin (UNG) def. Tom Jarry (EC) 5-7, 6-3, 6-1
2. Tim Kiehl (UNG) def. Noah Johansen (EC) 6-4, 6-3
3. Juan Carlos Romero (EC) def. Carl Bedrot (UNG) 6-4, 6-3
4. Mark Laishley (UNG) def. Lucas Sasaki (EC) 6-0, 6-1
5. Jorge Canadas (EC) def. Zach Waldow (UNG) 4-6, 6-4, 11-9
6. Jared Bones (UNG) def. Enrique Alcacer (EC) 8-1

DOUBLES
1. Ryan Gaskin/Carl Bedrot (UNG) def. Tom Jarry/Noah Johansen (EC) 8-3
2. Zach Waldow/Kevin Candido (UNG) def. Enrique Alcacer/Juan Carlos Romero (EC) 8-3
3. Tim Kiehl/Jared Bones (UNG) def. Jorge Canadas/Lucas Pereira (EC) 8-3

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