By Chuck Tidmore
Sports Information Assistant
LAGRANGE, Ga. – Sophomore Heather Tabor won at No. 4 singles to clinch Huntingdon's 5-4 win over Meredith in the opening round of the USA South Athletic Conference on Thursday.
Tied 4-4 after eight matches, Tabor won a three set battle, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, to give Huntingdon the victory.
The Lady Hawks (15-5) advance to the second round and will face Methodist at 2 p.m. (Eastern) on Friday.
Huntingdon jumped out to a 2-1 lead after taking two of the first three doubles matches. Freshmen Dusty Catala and Mariah Bastos won 8-4 at No. 1 while Caroline McBroom and Josie Waddell won 8-2 at No. 3.
Leading 2-1, the Lady Hawks needed to win three singles matches to take the win. Waddell won 1-6, 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2 singles before McBroom won Huntingdon's fourth match 6-0, 6-2 at No. 5.
No. 1: Cailin Goff (MC) def. Dusty Catala (HC) 6-2, 6-0
No. 2: Josie Waddell (HC) def. Gillian Emerson (MC) 1-6, 6-1, 6-1
No. 3: Laura Anne Hatcher (MC) def. Mariah Bastos (HC) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
No. 4: Heather Tabor (HC) def. Jacqueline Benton (MC) 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
No. 5: Caroline McBroom (HC) def. Sandra Taranhike (MC) 6-0, 6-2
No. 6: Emily Wilkinson (MC) def. Kacey Stephens (HC) 6-3, 6-3
No. 1: Catala-Bastos (HC) def. Goff-Benton (MC) 8-4
No. 2: Hatcher-Emerson (MC) def. Tabor-Clayton Waring (HC) 8-5
No. 3: McBroom-Waddell (HC) def. Wilkinson-Alice Cox Horton (MC) 8-2