March 22, 2014
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss women's tennis battled back after dropping the doubles' point to take a quartet of singles matches to claim a 4-3 victory over UAB Saturday afternoon.
The Blazers (7-9) opened the match by winning the doubles point when Amy Lowther and Catherine Ragon defeated Karina Gurgenyan and Kathrin Waidner at No. 3 by a score of 8-2. Rachel Daniell and Elaine Simon clinched the doubles point for UAB with an 8-4 victory versus Carolin Drescher and Alex Kitchen on court 1. Mahitha Dadireddy and Lisa Noderer were leading 7-5 when play was suspended.
The play in singles went back and forth as the two teams battled through out. Southern Miss evened the score at 1-1 when Dadireddy added a point for the Golden Eagles with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Lowther on court two. UAB took a 2-1 advantage after Paula Castro defeated Waidner 6-1, 6-2 at No. 6.
The Golden Eagles (6-11) got a point at No. 1 in tying the match at 2-2 when Drescher knocked off Daniell 7-5, 6-1. UAB answered back when Simon responded with a three-set win over Gurgenyan, 6-2, 5-7, 10-6.
Noderer battled Pardis Klanoush at No. 3 before taking a 6-3, 6-3 win on evening the match at 3-3.
In a heated battle on at No. 5, Kitchen suffered to muscle cramps in the first set, but was able to take the first set in a tie-breaker 7-6 (4) against Ragon, then took the final set 6-3 to clinch the match for the Golden Eagles.
Southern Miss returns to the courts on April 2 when the Golden Eagles host Alcorn State at 2 p.m.