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Spring Recaps: Women's Tennis

Spring Recaps: Women's Tennis

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- The Covenant women's tennis team produced another double-digit win total in 2015. The Lady Scots finished 12-7 overall with a 9-3 mark in the USA South and another appearance in the USA South tournament.

Over the last two years, Covenant has a record of 28-15 marking the best two-year period in the program's nine seasons of existence. During that time, the Lady Scots are a remarkable 19-5 in the USA South.

Covenant get out to its best start to a season at 7-1 after defeating LaGrange on March 21. The Lady Scots earned the No. 5 seed in the USA South tournament, but finished in a three-way tie for third in the league with Meredith and Huntingdon

MATCH OF THE YEAR: Covenant 6, Huntingdon 3 (April 3, 2015 at Montgomery, Ala.)

Coming off a 7-2 win over Maryville just two days prior, Covenant traveled to Montgomery, Ala., to take on an undefeated Huntingdon squad on Good Friday. 

Annie DeLucaLindsay Geving and Gracie Smith all took singles and doubles wins to lead the Covenant women's tennis team to a 6-3 victory over the host Hawks. The win was the second in a five-match win streak for the Lady Scots.

DeLuca and Geving combined for an 8-2 win at No. 2 doubles while Smith and Jennie Spielman took an 8-3 win at the No. 3 doubles spot to help Covenant to a 2-1 lead after the doubles round.

In singles play, Covenant would take matches at the Nos. 2 through 5 spots to secure the victory. Claire Luger bested Sarah Warren 6-4, 6-1 at No. 2, while Smith had no trouble at the No. 4 spot with her 6-3, 6-1 victory over Sara Duran. DeLuca went into a tiebreak in her first set but came out victorious 7-6 (1), 6-1. Geving notched a three-set win 6-2, 4-6, 10-6 over Tara-Beth Hall. Geving's win marked the second time in as many seasons she has defeated Hall in three sets.

TOP PERFORMANCES:

The top six players all produced throughout the year for head coach John Hirte. Sophomore Claire Luger and freshman Annie DeLuca earned USA South honorable mention accolades, while senior Gretchen Rowe and sophomore Gracie Smith continued to move up the program's record book. Junior Lindsay Geving and freshman Jennie Spielman solidified the Covenant lineup.

Playing at No. 2 for the whole season, Luger went 9-8 overall in singles play but tallied a 7-3 mark in USA South matches. In doubles, Luger went 10-8 and 7-4 in league play, all coming with Rowe as her partner.

DeLuca made an immediate impact on the team as she went 12-6 in singles competition with a 9-3 record against the USA South. DeLuca was a combined 11-6 in doubles with 10 of those victories coming with Geving.

Rowe finished off her collegiate career with seven singles victories and 10 in doubles play. Rowe spent the entire year at the No. 1 position in both singles and doubles. Her 10 doubles victories gave her 35 for her career, which set a new program record. Rowe ends with 26 singles wins, just two shy of the program mark.

Coming off a record-breaking season, Smith had another solid season at the No. 4 spot in singles with a 10-7 overall record and a 7-3 mark in conference action. Smith and Spielman dominated doubles play as they went 12-3 as a tandem, while Smith was 13-3 overall. Smith has accumulated 26 singles wins and 24 in doubles in just two years.

Geving and Spielman strengthened the back-end of the lineup. Geving went 11-5 in singles play while Spielman was 7-6. Geving played 13 of her 16 matches at the No. 5 spot and Spielman played all but two matches at No. 6.

AWARD WINNERS:

USA South All-Conference
Annie DeLuca - honorable mention
Claire Luger - honorable mention

USA South All-Sportsmanship
Gracie Smith

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