Warhawks rebound with 6-3 win over D-I Tennessee Martin | Schools
The top-ranked Auburn Montgomery women’s tennis team recovered from last week’s setback to William Carey with a 6-3 victory over NCAA Division I Tennessee-Martin at the AUM Tennis Courts.
The Warhawks (4-2) dropped two of the three doubles matches to start the afternoon, but came back to win five of the six singles matchups.
“I thought that we came out with a lot of determination, and I definitely saw an improvement from the girls today,” head coach Rolando Vargas said. “They were more focused as a group, and we have to keep this intensity for the upcoming matches.”
AUM’s top-ranked doubles team of Jade Curtis and Morgane Zowczak were the only pair to defeat the Skyhawks, coming away with a tight 8-6 win. Tennessee-Martin handed AUM tight 8-5 and 9-7 losses at the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles positions, respectively.
Curtis, Tiffany William, Chanel Cunningham and Hagar Caro all cruised to straight-set singles victories to clinch the match for the Warhawks. Zowczak added a 1-6, 6-1, 6-4 come-from-behind win at No. 3 singles for AUM, while Jessica Silva picked up the only singles point for the Skyhawks at No. 5 singles with a win over Maria Fernanda Vargas.
“Tiffany and Jade have been taking care of business all year in singles,” Vargas said. “I was also happy to see Hagar and Chanel come through with victories, and to see Morgane battle back from a slow start. Maria also played well; she just needs to keep getting more experience. I was pleased with the way we competed.”
Curtis and William each improved to 6-0 in singles this year with their wins, while Zowczak won her fourth-straight to move her record to 5-1. Today’s meeting was AUM’s only matchup against a Division I opponent this season.
The Warhawks return to action on Friday with the start of the AUM Spring Invitational. The tournament, which takes place from March 8-10, will be held at Lagoon Park in Montgomery.
1. #5 Jade Curtis (AUMW) def. Ivon Simic (UTM) 6-4, 6-1
2. #1 Tiffany William (AUMW) def. Anna Marie Herbold (UTM) 6-3, 6-1
3. #9 Morgane Zowczak (AUMW) def. Anna Winkelmann (UTM) 1-6, 6-1, 6-4
4. Chanel Cunningham (AUMW) def. Johanie Van Zyl (UTM) 6-2, 6-1
5. Jessica Silva (UTM) def. M. Fernanda Vargas (AUMW) 6-3, 6-2
6. Hagar Caro (AUMW) def. Katie McCall (UTM) 6-1, 6-3
1. #3 Jade Curtis/Morgane Zowczak (AUMW) def. Ivon Simic/Anna Marie Herbold (UTM) 8-6
2. Johanie Van Zyl/Katie McCall (UTM) def. M. Fernanda Vargas/Chanel Cunningham (AUMW) 8-5
3. Anna Winkelmann/Jessica Silva (UTM) def. Hagar Caro/Tiffany William (AUMW) 9-7
Source: AUM Sports Information Director