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No. 1 Grizzlies steamroll Dalton State in womens tennis

Wins in all matches that were contested Saturday gave the Georgia Gwinnett women’s tennis team a victory in its first match since taking over as the NAIA’s top-ranked team in an 8-1 victory at Dalton State.

The Grizzlies’ lone loss came at sixth singles in a default.

Georgia Gwinnett improved to 13-2 overall, defeating Dalton State (8-5) for the second time this year. The Grizzlies also beat the Roadrunners on Feb. 5 in Lawrenceville.

Saturday, the Grizzlies secured straight-sets singles wins on the top five lines and did not lose more than two games in any doubles match.

Judith van Fraaijenhoven earned her first win at No. 1 singles with a 6-1, 6-1 decision. Paloma Cortina improved to 4-1 on the number two line this year by taking a 6-1, 6-3 victory, while Chiara di Salvo’s 6-1, 6-3 triumph tied the freshman for the most singles wins (12) on the team this season.

Ines Costamanga emerged from a first-set tiebreak to notch a 7-6 (2), 6-2 win while Victoria Svensson rounded out the day with a clean 6-0, 6-0 at fifth singles.

The Grizzlies built an early 3-0 lead with 8-1, 8-2 and 8-0 wins on the top three lines, respectively.

Georgia Gwinnett has one dual match remaining in the regular season. The Grizzlies look to avenge one of their only two defeats on the year when they welcome NCAA Division III No. 3 Emory to Lawrenceville for a 4 p.m. match April 21.

The Grizzlies also have three scrimmages set on the schedule, gearing up for the Independent/Unaffiliated Tournament on April 25-26 in New Orleans. The NAIA national tournament is May 13-17 in Mobile.