GGC women's tennis team tops NCAA's West Georgia

Georgia Gwinnett College's Joyce Oliveira

Georgia Gwinnett College's Joyce Oliveira

LAWRENCEVILLE — With the match tied against the University of West Georgia Monday, Grizzlies junior Joyce Oliveira delivered a straight-set victory to hand the Georgia Gwinnett women’s tennis team a 5-4 victory over the Wolves at the GGC Tennis Facility.

Oliveira’s 6-3, 6-1 victory moved the Grizzlies to 3-1 with their first-ever win over an NCAA opponent.

“This was huge today for our women’s team,” said Grizzlies head coach Chase Hodges. “I was really proud of Joyce as the match came down to her court. She had been in that situation before so it was great to see her pull out a win big and help our team’s confidence.”

The Grizzlies posted a 2-1 lead in the match after Paloma Cortina teamed with Shirley Vas for their fourth win in as many tries, 8-3. Rocio Fernandez and Oliveira took third doubles with an 8-0 win as they also moved to 4-0 as a unit this year.

In singles, Cortina and Fernandez lost just five combined games to take straight sets wins on the top two lines for GGC.

The Wolves (2-9) rallied for wins at third, fifth and sixth singles to tie the match, 4-4, setting up the pivotal result.

“I was also really impressed with our doubles play once more,” added Hodges. “It feels really good to be 3-1 and we look forward to our next match.”

The Grizzlies have a two-week break before hitting the courts again March 20 at Spartanburg Methodist, a team they defeated earlier this year.