Rios wins eighth straight, but UNCG falls to Elon
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Annette Rios earned win No. 23 on the season Tuesday, but it wasn't enough to hold off Elon's rally as the Phoenix defeated UNC Greensboro, 5-2, in women's tennis action.
Rios won at No. 5 singles over Lauren Sessoms, 6-2, 5-7, 1-0, including a 10-8 score in the 10-point third-set tiebreaker. That ran Rios' mark to 23-7 overall on the year, including a 16-4 mark for the freshman this spring.
The Spartans had swept all three doubles matches - two of them handily - to jump out to the early 1-0 lead. But the Phoenix (15-7, 6-4) won five singles matches, four of them in straight sets, to keep slim hopes alive for a SoCon Tournament slot.
UNCG, which dropped to 10-10 overall and 4-6 in SoCon play, closes out the season on Saturday when it hosts Marshall at 11 a.m.
Elon University 5, UNC Greensboro 2
1. Anna Milian (ELON) def. Alex Whitehead (UNCG) 6-1, 7-6 (7-0)
2. Paige Kensrue (ELON) def. Stephanie Macfarlane (UNCG) 6-0, 6-1
3. Elisa Simonetti (ELON) def. Valerie Behr (UNCG) 6-1, 6-2
4. Briana Berne (ELON) def. Mikayla Rogers (UNCG) 6-1, 6-2
5. Annette Rios (UNCG) def. Lauren Sessoms (ELON) 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (10-8)
6. Laura Graybill (ELON) def. Sasha Skripkina (UNCG) 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
1. Valerie Behr/Stephanie Macfarlane (UNCG) def. Anna Milian/Elisa Simonetti (ELON) 8-3
2. Jessica Eblen/Annette Rios (UNCG) def. Paige Kensrue/Lauren Sessoms (ELON) 8-7 (7-5)
3. Alex Whitehead/Mikayla Rogers (UNCG) def. Briana Berne/Laura Graybill (ELON) 8-1