ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The Presbyterian College women’s tennis team won two of the last three singles matches to push past UNC Asheville, 4-3, on Wednesday afternoon at the Asheville Racquet Club Downtown. The Blue Hose improved to 8-8 overall and 1-4 in Big South play, while the Bulldogs dropped to 9-9 overall and 2-5 in the Big South.
PC opened the match by taking doubles point with wins on courts two and three. Brittany Nuttall and Beth Taylor teamed up for a 6-2 win at No. 3 and Caroline Ferrari and Tracy Johnson followed with a 6-3 win at No. 2 to take a 1-0 lead.
The Blue Hose extended the lead to 2-0, as Johnson won 6-3, 6-1 at No. 2 to kick off singles action. Asheville got wins on courts three and one to tie the match at 2-2. Ferrari put PC back in front with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 at No. 5 but UNC Asheville took the match at No. 4 to even things up at 3-3.
The match ultimately hinged on court six between PC’s Katie Thompson and UNCA’s Taylor Love. Love came away with the opening set, 6-2, but Thompson took the second, 6-4, to force a third. In the end it was Thompson emerging victorious, taking the final set, 6-2, to give PC the 4-3 victory.
PC returns home Saturday to host Radford at 2 p.m. at the Templeton Tennis Courts.