One day after the men’s tennis team knocked off Georgia Gwinnett College’s first-ever NCAA Division I opponent, the women’s tennis team followed suit by taking down Division I Northern Illinois University, 6-1, on Tuesday at the GGC Tennis Facility in Lawrenceville.
The second-ranked Grizzlies improved to 10-1 on the year and dropped the Huskies, of the Mid-American Conference, to 5-5.
Georgia Gwinnett won all three doubles matches to claim the doubles point, then won five of six in singles play.
“This was the best match we played all year and it really is a signature victory for us,” said Grizzlies head coach Chase Hodges. “I am really proud of the ladies and I know that we will gain a lot of confidence from this. We look forward to continuing it tomorrow and the rest of the week.”
The Huskies had defeated NAIA No. 6 Brenau (Ga.) on Monday by a 6-1 margin.
Tuesday, the Grizzlies had four players- senior Paloma Cortina, freshman Helena Korompis, freshman Luma Schwab and freshman Chiara di Salvo- post singles and doubles wins on the day.
Georgia Gwinnett got off to a quick start by capturing all three doubles matches by the same 8-4 score to earn the Division I-format doubles point.
In singles play, three-set victories by number two Paloma Cortina (6-0, 4-6, 6-0 over Cristina Alvarez) and number three Judith van Fraaijenhoven (2-6, 6-4, 6-4 over Haley Dekkinga) set the tone.
Meanwhile, Korompis (6-4, 6-1), di Salvo (6-2, 6-3) and Schwab (6-1, 6-1) all won in straight sets to stretch the winning margin for GGC.
The lone loss came at first singles as Valeria Podda dropped her first match of the year to NIU number-one Nelle Youel.
Georgia Gwinnett has now beaten NCAA Division I, II and III opponents this year, plus many of the NAIA’s top teams.
The Grizzlies continue the toughest stretch on the regular-season schedule with a three-match road trip Wednesday through Saturday.
On Wednesday, GGC visits NAIA #14 Coastal Georgia at 10 a.m., then faces NCAA Div. II No. 1 Armstrong Atlantic on Thursday at 2 p.m. before finishing the week at NAIA No. 3 SCAD Savannah at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
(photo: Ines Costamagna and Chiara di Salvo; credit Rod Reilly/GGC)