SC State Women’s Tennis Team Falls 4-0 to Number 2 Georgia

Saturday, May 12, 2007

ATHENS, GA - South Carolina State, which was making its third consecutive trip to the NCAA Tennis Championship, fell to number two-ranked and heavily favored Georgia 4-0 Saturday in first-round action of the prestigious tournament at Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

The Lady Bulldogs, three-times Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champions, ended their season at 21-6. Host Georgia improved to 22-1 and will face the winner of Saturday’s second match between Auburn and North Carolina State Sunday at 1 p.m. The winner moves on to the round of 16, which gets underway Friday

Despite the 4-0 victory margin Georgia, the SC State head coach Hardeep Judge noted that the match was more competitive than the final score might indicate.

““I thought our players at 1-2-3 played well,” Judge said. “Even our number two doubles team did well, but Georgia has players nationally ranked at 4-5-6 so we were really overmatched there (at those positions).

“I think when our players at 1 & 2 (Cruz & Rodezno) got use to the pace,” he continued, they were more competitive, especially in the second set.

“But Georgia is so deep, and they did not let up against us. They have a chance for a national championship.

“We know where we have to go to be competitive against such teams as Georgia. Today’s match is a barometer for we want to take this program.”

Georgia won the doubles point when its number one team of Darya Ivanov and Yvette Hyndman defeated SC State’s Marian Cruz and Marcela Rodezno 8-0, and the number three team of Kelley Hyndman and Monika Dancevic beat Iveta Blodniece and and Yana Lytkina by an identical score. The number two doubles match between SC State’s Vesna Popac and Gisel Brito against Georgia’ Monika Dancevic and Kelley Hyndman was suspended with the host ahead 6-2.

Georgia clinched the match when Kelley Hyndman, playing number four singles, defeated Popac 6-0, 6-0.

Other winners for Georgia were Ivanov, at number 5, 6-1, and 6-0 over Blodniece and number 6 Naoko Ueshima 6-0-6-0 over Lytkina.

Matches at number 1-2-3 were suspended after the decisive point by Kelley Hyndman.

Singles competition
1. #7 Natalie Frazier (UGA) vs. Mirian Cruz (SCSU) 6-2, 1-1, unfinished
2. #32 Monika Dancevic (UGA) vs. Marcela Rodezno (SCSU) 6-2, 1-2, unfinished
3. #68 Yvette Hyndman (UGA) vs. Gisel Brito (SCSU) 6-1, 5-1, unfinished
4. Kelley Hyndman (UGA) def. Vesna Popac (SCSU) 6-0, 6-0
5. #72 Darya Ivanov (UGA) def. Iveta Blodniece (SCSU) 6-1, 6-0
6. Naoko Ueshima (UGA) def. Yana Lytkina (SCSU) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. #7 Yvette Hyndman/Darya Ivanov (UGA) def. Mirian Cruz/Marcela Rodezno (SCSU) 8-0
2. Monika Dancevic/Kelley Hyndman (UGA) vs. Gisel Brito/Vesna Popac (SCSU) 6-2, unfinished
3. Natalie Frazier/Naoko Ueshima (UGA) def. Iveta Blodniece/Yana Lytkina (SCSU) 8-0

Match Notes:
South Carolina State 21-6
Georgia 22-1; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (6,5,4)

NCAA first round
#2 Georgia
#49-64 South Carolina State