As of Monday, February 3, 2014
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Georgia Gwinnett College freshman Valeria Podda won two matches in her college debut Sunday as the Grizzlies swept visiting Clayton State. (Photo: Rod Reilly/GGC)
LAWRENCEVILLE — The 20th-ranked Georgia Gwinnett College women’s tennis team captured a resounding victory in its season opener on Sunday, taking out Clayton State by a 9-0 score at the GGC Tennis Facility.
Just one singles match went to three sets as the Grizzlies improved to 1-0 and dropped the NCAA Division II Lakers to 0-2.
Clayton State entered the team season ranked 46th in Division II and the victory goes down as GGC’s first ever over a ranked opponent.
“I’m extremely proud of our team’s performance,” said GGC head coach Chase Hodges. “We have come an extremely long way in a short amount of time and we look to continue our success.”
Senior Paloma Cortina paced GGC with a 6-3, 6-3 victory at No. 1 singles and teamed with sophomore Victoria Svensson for an 8-3 win at No. 2 doubles.
Freshmen Helena Korompis and Valeria Podda knocked out Clayton State’s Zinnia Leamana and Martina Dedaj in their GGC debut at No. 1 doubles. Podda cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 singles victory while Korompis went on to a 6-2, 6-1 win.
Svensson took care of business at No. 3 singles with a 6-4, 6-2 win while freshman Chiara di Salvo pulled out a three-set win at No. 4 singles in her first match as a Grizzly.
The Grizzlies return to action Wednesday with a 2 p.m. home match against Dalton State.