VALDOSTA, Ga. – Valdosta State won its seventh straight match as the Lady Blazers defeated North Alabama 5-0 in the NCAA Women’s Tennis South Regional at the VSU Tennis Courts Monday.
VSU opened the match by claiming all three doubles points, including a come-from-behind victory at No. 1. Phillipa Reakes and Jessica Strucher jumped out to a 7-4 advantage at No. 1 before Dominique Rothlaender and Tina Trautmann staged their comeback. The Lady Blazer duo won the next five games to eventually claim a 9-7 win. Things were easier for Valdosta State at No. 2 and No. 3 as Raphaelle Durante and Karine Redon swept Yuliya Zelenskaya and Louise Klasen 8-0 while Natali Gumbrecht and Hollie Bees downed Mallory Waites and Arrie Moore 8-1.
Reakes jumped out to a 2-0 lead over Rothlaender at No. 1 in singles action before being forced to retire while Redon closed out the match with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Moore at No. 6.
The victory propels the Lady Blazers into their fifth straight NCAA Championship appearance. VSU awaits the finish of the East Regional, being hosted by Bryant University, to learn its opponent for its next match, which will be Wednesday, May 14 at 8:00 a.m. at Homer Ford Park in Houston, Texas.