LaGRANGE, GA - The 2019 USA South Conference Women's Tennis Tournament concluded on Sunday as a part of the Conference's Spring Sports Festival in LaGrange, Georgia. East top-seed N.C. Wesleyan claimed the program's second consecutive League Tournament championship with a win over West top-seed Piedmont College (Ga.), 5-0.
The Lady Bishops gained a quick 3-0 lead after the doubles wins by scores of 8-4 (Fariza A. & Milena A.) and 8-4 (Steph Barbera & Jules Johnson) at the top two lines and 8-1 at the third line (Giulia Zanetti & Nicole Halabi).
Also leading their respective matches when the title was clinched were freshman Fariza Abdulloeva at #1 singles, freshman Milena Amedieva at #2, and sophomore Giulia Zanetti at #3. Abdulloeva, the Conference Rookie of the Year, was leading 7-5, 1-0 while Amedieva, the first team all-conference player, was leading 6-1, 5-2 and was named tournament MVP. Zanetti was also up 7-5 1-0.
The women won all three of their tournament matches by 5-0 scores to improve to 15-4 on the year and have now won 13 consecutive matches and are undefeated against D-3 competition. The Lady Bishops will find out their opponents in the national tournament when the draw is released on May 6.
Fariza Abdulloeva, N.C. Wesleyan
Milena Amedieva, N.C. Wesleyan (MVP)
Stephany Barbera, N.C. Wesleyan
Morgan Bucholz, Piedmont
Caroline Connelly, Piedmont
Julianna Johnson, N.C. Wesleyan
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