JACKSONVILLE, Ala. – The Mercer women's tennis team's recent struggles continued on Tuesday, as the Bears lost to Jacksonville State, 4-3. It is the second time this season the Bears have stumbled against the Gamecocks, losing 5-2 back on January 20.
The Bears trio of freshmen performed well on Tuesday as Isabel Dennis (No. 2 singles), Roxy Bartz (No. 4 singles) and Natalie Franklin (No. 5 singles) all won their matches, but it would not be enough to take the road victory.
Dennis took down Zoe Bizinos, 6-3, 6-0 for her eighth win in singles this season. Bartz secured a three set victory over JSU's Kelly Tomlin, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 which is her third win in her last four matches. Finally, Natalie Franklin earned a 6-4, 6-4 straight-set win over Aleksandra Cmilijic to take her third win in the last four as well.
Mercer was outdueled in the doubles portion of the match as Roxy Bartz and Natalie Franklin were the lone team to pick up a win at the No. 2 doubles position – an 8-5 win over Cmilijic and Nguyen.
Mercer finishes out its regular season this Friday and Saturday as East Tennessee State and USC Upstate head to Macon for the final two A-Sun battles.
Jacksonville State 4, Mercer University 3
1. GUASTI, Raisa (JSUW) def. Lucie Payrat (MER_W) 6-3, 6-4
2. Isabel Dennis (MER_W) def. BIZINOS, Zoe (JSUW) 6-3, 6-0
3. KERINDI, Danielle (JSUW) def. Liza Klyachkin (MER_W) 6-2, 6-3
4. Roxy Bartz (MER_W) def. TOMLIN, Kelly (JSUW) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
5. Natalie Franklin (MER_W) def. CMILIJIC, Aleksandra (JSUW) 6-4, 6-4
6. KNEZEVIC, Isidora (JSUW) def. Amanda Bertani (MER_W) 6-0, 7-6 (7-5)
1. GUASTI, Raisa/LIMA, Raphaela (JSUW) def. Isabel Dennis/Lucie Payrat (MER_W) 8-6
2. Roxy Bartz/Natalie Franklin (MER_W) def. CMILIJIC, Aleksandra/NGUYEN, Olivia (JSUW) 8-5
3. LEFTON, Taylor/BIZINOS, Zoe (JSUW) def. Liza Klyachkin/Amanda Bertani (MER_W) 9-7
Mercer University 5-13
Jacksonville State 12-10