RALEIGH, N.C. -- Claire Luger's three-set victory over Meredith's Cailin Goff broke a 4-4 tie and gave the Covenant women's tennis team a thrilling 5-4 victory over the host Avenging Angels in a critical USA South match on Saturday.
The victory moves Covenant to 10-4 overall and 7-1 in the USA South. The 7-1 record puts the Lady Scots firmly in second place in the standings with four conference matches left. Meredith drops to 7-6 overall and 5-3 in the conference.
Covenant fell behind 2-1 after the doubles portion of the match. Luger and teammate Gracie Smith combined for an 8-4 win at the No. 2 doubles spot for Covenant's lone point.
But in singles play, the Lady Scots rallied by taking four of the six matches. Before pulling off the rally, Covenant fell behind 3-1 in the match as Meredith took No. 2 singles with Ran Zhang's 6-1, 6-4 win over Covenant's Annie DeLuca. Danielle Morin defeated Jacqueline Benton 6-4, 6-3 at the No. 5 position and Smith followed with a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 4 over Laura Anne Hatcher to tie the match at 3-3.
Meredith took a 4-3 lead when Kate DeSilva outlasted the Lady Scots' Lindsay Geving 7-5, 2-6, 6-3. Aly Hall knotted the match once again with her three-set win over Catherine Bryant 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 at the top flight.
The match was then decided at No. 3 singles. Luger dropped the first set 5-7, but recovered for a 6-4 second set victory before pulling out a 7-5 win in the third to give Covenant the conference win.
The win was the first over Meredith since Covenant joined the USA South. Meredith had ousted the Lady Scots from the USA South Tournament in each of the last two seasons.
Covenant will host Oglethorpe on Thursday, March 31. Matches start at 4 p.m. on Lookout Mountain.
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