No. 21 Bulldogs edged by No. 13 Meridian

Published 2:30 pm Monday, February 7, 2022

WIGGINS — The No. 21 Mississippi Gulf Coast women’s tennis team nearly pulled off the upset of No. 13 Meridian, but the Eagles came back from the brink to win 5-4.


The Bulldogs battled back from losing the first two doubles matches to win four straight courts, but couldn’t close things out at the Wynn Tennis Center.

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Bayley Askin (Fr., St. Martin/St. Martin) picked up two points for the Bulldogs with wins at No. 3 singles and No. 3 doubles alongside Ashlegh Wine (Fr., Ocean Springs/Ocean Springs).


Tanyaradzwa Kaome (Fr., Harare, Zimbabwe/The Heritage School) won the match of the afternoon, battling back from losing the first set 6-1 and being down 5-4 in the second to win in a third-set tiebreaker.


The Bulldogs (1-2, 1-2 MACCC) return to action Monday when they take on Blue Mountain in a match just added to the schedule. They’ll play an MACCC match the next day at Northeast Mississippi.



Team: Meridian 5, Gulf Coast 4


No. 1: Ana Julissa De Mata-Isabella Warham (MER) def. Tanyaradzwa-Hayden Hensarling, 8-2

No. 2: Sarah Cline-Kamryn Rodriguez (MER) def. Abigail Garman-Ashleigh Chelette, 8-3

No. 3: Bayley Askin-Ashlegh Wine (GC) def. Harper Bryan-Kolbi Holifield, 8-5


No. 1: Kaome (GC) def. De Mata, 1-6, 7-5, 10-6

No. 2: Hensarling (GC) def. Warham, 7-5, 7-5

No. 3: Askin (GC) def. Cline, 6-2, 3-6, 10-7

No. 4: Bryan (MER) def. Garman, 7-6, 6-1

No. 5: Rodriguez (MER) def. Chelette, 6-3, 6-2

No. 6: Holifield (MER) def. Josie Vuyovich, 6-4, 6-1


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