Pacers Prevail, Come Away With the 5-4 Victory
PEMBROKE, NC – In a fight for eighth
place in the Peach Belt Conference standings, the match between USC
Aiken and UNC Pembroke came down to the final singles match on
Sunday. The Pacers prevailed as they came away with the 5-4
USC Aiken improves to 6-7 on the season and 2-6 in the PBC, as UNC Pembroke is unable to records its 10th victory of the season as the Braves go to an even 9-9 overall and 1-7 in the league.
Sophomore Melanie Schnieder and her opponent Jenna Oxendine went into a third set tiebreaker at the number six singles spot, with the winner determining the match for their team.
Schnieder won the first set, 6-4, and took the early lead in the second set as Oxendine came back to tie it up at six all to force the tiebreaker and take the second set by a 7-6 score. In the back-and-forth third-set tiebreaker, Schnieder came out on top with the 7-5 victory and also seal the win for the Pacers.
With the score at 2-1 in favor of the Braves going into the singles matches, the Pacers came back and tied things at two apiece by taking the first singles match.
Junior Maria Soledad Angel and sophomore Stephanie Humphrey were the lone Pacer duo to win their doubles match, as they collected the 8-1 victory at the No. 2 spot. The pair improves to 7-6 on the season together.
In singles action, Angel dropped one game to her opponent, UNC Pembroke’s Maricel Quintero Prieto, as she records the win at the number three slot. Angel is now 7-6 on the season and 25-20 in her career as a Pacer.
Juniors Brittany Gore and Brittany Telford both won their singles matches, as Telford’s victory pushed the score to a 4-4 tie. Gore won her seventh singles match as she defeated UNCP’s Meredith Pierson 6-1 and 6-4 in the No. 5 spot and Telford dropped one game per set as she won for the sixth time this season.
The Pacers will join the USC Aiken men’s team and return to the courts to play host to Hawaii-Pacific on Wednesday, April 1. First serve will be at 2:00 p.m. from the USCA Tennis Complex.