Women’s Tennis defeated by nationally ranked Wildcats

The women’s tennis team was defeated 4-0 by No. 15 University of Kentucky.

Kentucky began the match with a 6-1 win at the No. 1 doubles positon against senior marketing major Jessica Northcutt and senior accounting major Carita Moolman. Kentucky followed with a 6-3 win at the No. 2 doubles position against senior interior design major Iva Parapunova and sophomore health sciences major Ellie Gerlach to secure the doubles point.

Kentucky was able to secure the victory with singles wins at the No. 1 position against Northcutt, No.3 position against Parapunova and No.4 position against sophomore nursing major Savannah Wood.

Northcutt was disappointed by the loss but was happy with the way the team played.

“Unfortunately we stopped at 4 against UK, so some people didn’t get to play. But, overall I think everyone played very well. UK is a very good team and I think that we competed well with them,” Northcutt said.

“It was good experience to play a highly ranked team, because that’ll be the best team we play all year. If everyone plays the way we did last weekend, we could be in good shape,” she said.

The Bulldogs are getting ready for their next match against UT Martin which takes place on March 6 at 3 p.m. at the Samford Tennis Complex.

Northcutt said it will be business-as-usual for the Bulldogs at practice this week.

“We play UT Martin on Sunday, so we had a couple easy days the beginning of this week but now we will continue to practice normally to get ready for this weekend,” Northcutt said.

“I think if we have a good week of practice to have confidence going into this weekend, it will make a big difference in our upcoming matches,” Northcutt said.

Photos courtesy of Joey Mullins.