February 6, 2013
Hello all Panthers fans out there!
Well last week was very eventful once again. We faced Oklahoma
State in the 2013 ITA Kick-Off first round and went into the match believing we
would walk out with a victory. We did, but it was NOT easy. We took an early
1-0 lead with our doubles victory, including Maryna and I coming back from 0-4
down to win the match 8-6!
Singles truly tested our willpower because the Cowgirls took
an immediate 2-1 lead over us with back-to-back, three-set wins. But that was
just the beginning of this marathon match. Our No. 1 Abigail won her match in
straight sets while I won my match 6-1 in the third after losing the first set.
Eventually our match came down to No. 6 Jocelyn who had already captured the
first set 6-4 only to come out with a 6-1 victory in the second. That was
definitely a sweet victory for us! GO PANTHERS!
Then we faced UGA. This was the opportunity we had been
waiting for: To face a Top-10 team. The Bulldogs definitely did not make it
easy for us. In doubles, although it was very close, the Bulldogs took an early
1-0 lead with victories at Nos. 1 and 3. Maryna and I were neck-and-neck at No.
2, tied 6-6 and 30-all! It was crazy!
Anyways the Bulldogs put us at a 3-0 disadvantage with quick
singles wins and the conclusion of the match was up to Abigail and I. She was
up by a set (6-4) and I was down a set and up a break, but I ended up losing
(3-6, 4-6) which concluded our match against Georgia. It hurt to lose 7-0, but
we put up a good fight.
Then on a cold Saturday morning we faced No. 31-ranked
Illinois. The weather was brutal, as it has been for a week or two now. We
began with the doubles point and it seemed like the wind was blowing in just
about every direction, not ideal. Illinois took an early lead against us, but
singles ended up being a different story. We took early leads on four of the
six courts, but then we trailed 2-0. Our little starlet, Abigail, cruised through
her singles match (6-2, 6-1) to the victory. I lost my match, which was not
pretty AT ALL. Then, even though we trailed in the team score 3-1, Masa pulled
out her first victory of the semester and then Linn won a three-set battle. That
left us with our Oklahoma State clincher, Jocelyn, at No. 6 once again having
to clinch a big match for us. This time Jocelyn did not come out on the victorious
side, but she gave an AWESOME EFFORT even while sick L. We will get it next time!
Next we are off to face the No. 68-ranked Auburn Tigers this
LET'S GO STATE!