Blue Raiders stymie UNCG, 4-0

William improves to 12-3 in singles play

March 29, 2014 · @MTAthletics

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Middle Tennessee women's tennis notched its fifth shutout of the year by blanking UNCG, 4-0, on Saturday evening at the Piedmont Indoor Tennis Center.

For the second straight match, MT (9-6) claimed the doubles point and won the first three singles matches to clinch the victory. The five shutouts are the most since MT collected seven in 2002.

UNCG (5-9) gained the momentum early when Dilara Yurtkuran/Yasmin Franco upended MT's Jesse Grace/Irina Constantinide. The top Blue Raider tandem of Nayara Moraes and Tiffany William evened doubles action with an 8-7 (7-4) win over Kayla Gammie/Devon Sutherland. The Blue Raiders won the doubles point with Flavia Nagayama and Sarah Sediri knocking off the Spartan's Stephanie Falcon and Soumeya Anane, 8-7 (7-5).

In singles play, Moraes her 20th overall victory this season with a 6-3, 6-0 decision over Gammie at the third court. The Blue Raiders extended their lead to 3-0 when Tiffany William claimed her 12 singles victory by knocking off Anane, 6-3, 6-3. The junior from London now has a 12-3 record in dual matches this season. Grace clinched the match with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Falcon.

"This was a good weekend for the team," noted head coach Shelley Godwin. "We have really been challenging the way they compete as a we took a step in the right direction this weekend."

Middle Tennessee closes out the regular season next weekend, April 4-5, with matches against UT Arlington and Texas State in Arlington, Texas.

Middle Tennessee 4, UNCG 0

Singles competition

1. Tiffany William (MT) def. Soumeya Anane (UNCG) 6-3, 6-3
2. Jesse Grace (MT) def. Stephanie Falcon (UNCG) 6-4, 6-1
3. Nayara Moraes (MT) def. Kayla Gammie (UNCG) 6-3, 6-0
4. Yasmin Franco (UNCG) vs. Irina Constantinide (MT) 2-6, 6-2, 4-3, unfinished
5. Jamie Grinberg (UNCG) vs. Flavia Nagayama (MT) 1-6, 6-4, unfinished
6. Amy Ellis (UNCG) vs. Sarah Sediri (MT) 6-3, 4-6, unfinished

Doubles competition

1. Nayara Moraes/Tiffany William (MT) def. Kayla Gammie/Devon Sutherland (UNCG) 8-7 (7-4)
2. Dilara Yurtkuran/Yasmin Franco (UNCG) def. Jesse Grace/Irina Constantinide (MT) 8-5
3. Flavia Nagayama/Sarah Sediri (MT) def. Stephanie Falcon/Soumeya Anane (UNCG) 8-7 (7-5)

Match Notes:

Middle Tennessee 9-6
UNCG 5-9
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (3,1,2)

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