WINGATE, N.C. - For the second straight year, the No. 12 University of North Georgia women's tennis team is headed to the NCAA Division II Tennis Championships in the round of 16 after beating No. 10 Wingate, 4-3, Tuesday afternoon.
North Georgia went down in doubles early, falling at the No. 2 line, but the Nighthawks fought back, securing the No. 3 line with Lexa Loden and Adrienne Bofinger, 6-2, before Holly Bennett and Vaishali Jorge came back from 4-1 down to win, 7-5, at No. 1.
In singles, Jorge got UNG off on the right foot with a 6-1, 7-5 win on the No. 2 line, but the Bulldogs answered with wins at Nos. 4, 5 and 6 to take a 3-2 lead with two matches to play.
Bofinger, after winning a first set tiebreak, broke serve late to win the second set, 7-5, and secure the third point for UNG, putting the No. 3 singles match in the spotlight. Bennett, who fell in the first set, 6-2, won the second set by a 6-3 score line and broke serve twice in the third set to win, 6-3, in the deciding set.
The Nighthawks made their first ever trip to the final site last season after beating Wingate, 5-2, on their home courts.
North Georgia will now wait to find out their opponent in the Sweet 16 later this week. The match will be played on May 22 down in Altamonte Springs, Florida, at either 8 a.m. or noon.