From Staff Reports
Dalton State College’s tennis teams got their first seasons off to a good start Saturday at Tenn-essee Wesleyan College in Athens with the men winning a pair of matches and the women winning their only match.
“It’s been an incredibly exciting day,” men’s coach Michel Bates said. “I could not be more proud of these kids.”
The men started the day with a 5-3-1 win over St. Catherine (Ky.) College and won 6-3 over Tennessee Wesleyan. The women beat the host school 5-4.
For the men against St. Catherine, singles winners were No. 1 Nikolay Nikiforov 6-2, 7-6 (7-5), No. 3 Lucas de Souza 6-2, 6-3, No. 4 Jun Pablo Argeullo 6-1, 6-2 and No. 6 Hadyn Fava 6-0, 6-0. No. 5 single’s player David Draghiceanu played to a draw. The doubles team of Fava and Draghiceanu won 8-0.
Against Tennessee Wesleyan, the Roadrunners got singles wins from De Souza 6-1, 6-1, Arguello 7-5, 6-4, Fava 6-4, 6-4 and Draghiceanu 6-0, 6-0 and doubles victories from Nikiforov-Hornby 8-6 and de Souza-Arguello 8-6.
The women have just four players, but still managed the win with singles victories from Diana Narino 6-3, 6-1, Chelsea Powell 6-3, 6-4 and Maria-Alejandra Bejarano 6-4, 6-4. Doubles wins came from Laura-Sophie Winter-Narino 8-2 and Powell-Bejarano 8-2.
• The DSC volleyball team fell in three competitive sets to Virginia Intermont College at the Mack Gaston Community Center in Dalton.
The Roadrunners (3-9) lost the first set 25-21 after rallying from down 21-14, according to the game summary on the school’s website. Dalton State held a 24-23 game point in the second set, but Virginia Intermont scored the next three points to win 26-24. The Roadrunners held a 13-12 lead midway through the third set but lost 25-19.
Dalton State was lead by Tori Pierce’s 17 digs and Alyne Bianchi’s 10 digs and seven kills. Savannah Nelson added 10 kills and four digs while Karly Newman contributed eight kills and eight digs.
“The team played a little bit better today,” Dalton State coach Bruna Langner said in a press release from the college’s athletics department. “We lost in three, but we served better than the last match.
“Our blocking definitely needs a little work and we will focus on that during Monday’s practice. We are slowly getting there.”
Michaela Askew and Kailey Vaughn each had five digs. Clarissa Weber (12) and Askew (7) led the Roadrunners in assists.
Virginia Intermont’s Ashley Hooven had a match-high 22 assists. She also had 14 digs.
This was the second home match played at the community center, with the first two taking place at Dalton High School. Dalton State returns to the community center for two more home matches this week, one Tuesday at 7 p.m. versus Tennessee Temple and another Friday at 7 p.m. against Martin Methodist.