Guerra breaks record, Dougherty dominates as UNCG advances
ELON, N.C. – UNC Greensboro's Alejandra Guerra broke her own school record with her 28th win of the season as the third-seeded Spartans advanced to the semifinal round in the Southern Conference Women's Tennis Tournament with a 4-2 win over tournament host and No. 6 seed Elon on Friday at the Powell Tennis Center.
The Spartans (15-5) advanced to face second-seeded College of Charleston on Saturday at 10 am. The Cougars handled No. 7 Samford, 4-0, in their quarterfinal round match on Friday.
Guerra, who is currently ranked No. 83 in the nation, topped Anna Milian by identical 6-4 scores to run her mark to 28-8 on the season. That eclipses the single-season win mark she established last year in going 27-5 as a junior. For Guerra, it was her fifth straight win and raised her mark to 16-3 this spring. All three of those losses this spring have come against Top 50 ranked players.
UNCG started the day by winning two of the three doubles pro-sets to claim an early 1-0 lead. Guerra and Arielle VonStrolley teamed up for their 23rd win of the year, defeating Milian and Pagie Kensrue, 8-5. It was their 10th straight win, raising their mark to 23-8 this year, 16-4 for the spring.
Valerie Behr and Lucy Dougherty won their ninth straight doubles match and moved to 11-0 against SoCon foes this spring with an 8-5 win over Hayley Wahl and Daleen Kloppers.
Dougherty then made it 2-0 with another dominant performance, blanking Laura Graybill, 6-0 and 6-0. Dougherty won her 10th straight match and has now won 11 of her last 21 sets by a 6-0 score. The freshman from Melbourne, Australia is 22-8 this season, one win shy of Erica Zabkar's school mark for wins by a freshman. She is 17-3 this spring, including 11-0 against SoCon opponents.
Elon (13-12) won a pair of singles matches around Guerra's win at No. 1 singles. But VonStrolley closed out the victory with a 7-5, 6-4 win at No. 3 singles over Elisia Simonetti.
College of Charleston defeated UNCG in the regular season meeting, 4-3, way back on March 21. The Spartans will be looking for their first conference championship round birth since 1997, when they won the Big South title.
UNC Greensboro 4, Elon 2
1. Alejandra Guerra (UNCG) def. Anna Milian (ELON) 6-4, 6-4
2. Paige Kensrue (ELON) def. Valerie Behr (UNCG) 6-3, 6-4
3. Arielle VonStrolley (UNCG) def. Elisa Simonetti (ELON) 7-5, 6-4
4. Lauren Sessoms (ELON) def. Britney Cloer (UNCG) 7-5, 6-2
5. Lucy Dougherty (UNCG) def. Laura Graybill (ELON) 6-0, 6-0
6. Jessica Eblen (UNCG) vs. Hayley Wahl (ELON) 6-3 (9-11), 6-7, 2-3, unfinished
1. Alejandra Guerra/Arielle VonStrolley (UNCG) def. Anna Milian/Paige Kensrue (ELON) 8-5
2. Valerie Behr/Lucy Dougherty (UNCG) def. Hayley Wahl/Daleen Kloppers (ELON) 8-5
3. Elisa Simonetti/Whitney Butcher (ELON) def. Jessica Eblen/Britney Cloer (UNCG) 8-5
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