PERKINSTON — The Mississippi Gulf Coast women's tennis team's defense of its state championship got off to a flying start Tuesday as the Lady Bulldogs swept Hinds 9-0.
Gulf Coast set the tone in the doubles, with Bianca Buie (So, Baia Mare, Romania/Gheorghe Sincai National High School) and Margarita Lopareva (Fr, Moscow, Russia/School No. 1101) winning in a tiebreaker. Jenna Lyons (So, Pascagoula/Pascagoula) and Megan Bankston (Fr, Gulfport/Gulfport) cruised to an 8-1 win in No. 2 doubles, and Jillianne Craft (So, Gulfport/St. Patrick) and Tierney Holmes (Fr, Greenwood/Greenwood) won 8-4 at No. 3.
Those six Lady Bulldogs combined to win all the singles matches.
Gulf Coast returns to action Thursday when it travels to Holmes. First serve is at 3 p.m.
Team: MGCCC women 9, Hinds 0
No. 1: Buie (MGCCC) def. Stefy Varon 6-3, 6-4
No. 2: Lopareva (MGCCC) def. Gutierriez 6-2, 6-4
No. 3: Bankston (MGCCC) def. Warren 6-2, 6-0
No. 4: Holmes (MGCCC) def. White 6-4, 6-1
No. 5: Lyons (MGCCC) def. Courtney Buffington 6-2, 6-1
No. 6: Craft (MGCCC) def. Curtis 0-6, 6-2, 10-7
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