GREENSBORO - Emotions were high as
the North Carolina A&T women's tennis team stepped on to the court for its last
match of the 2011-2012 season on Monday.
This match was
especially emotional for senior Azeib Nigatu. It was going to mark the last
time she played tennis as a member of the Aggies tennis team.
Before the Aggies
faced conference rival N.C. Central at the Piedmont Indoor Tennis Center,
Nigatu was honored by her Aggie family.
turned the corner spring of last year when I called her in my office because it
appeared to me that she was happy with being average in the classroom,
explained head coach James Dunwoody. "I impressed upon her that she needed to
perform on a higher level academically.
"This past year,
she has been an honor student," he added. "I wanted her to understand that exceeding
exception is what Aggie Pride is all about. Z is going to be a good leader out
there in the community."
Eagles took a
5-2 win over the Aggies. The Eagles took the doubles point early by winning two
out of three contests. The Aggies lone win in doubles came from April Burrage
and Kenya Colbert at No. 3.
competition, the Eagles had stellar success against the Aggies 1-3 players to secure
the win. Kim Stalling gave NCCU's Rebecca Wood a challenge before falling 6-4,
The Aggie wins came
from Kenya Colbert at No. 5 singles. She defeated Julia Aguilar 6-0, 6-0.
Burrage beat Lakisha McDougald 6-1, 6-0.
three doubles did their usual winning," said Dunwoody. "Specifically in the
conference matches, I have been able to count on April Burrage and Kenya
Colbert to get me a doubles win, and they did it again today."
impressive performance came from Nianna Henry, who competed in her first
singles match of the season and was put in the number one spot.
for today's match was Nianna Henry," said Dunwoody. "This was her first singles
match this season and what was most impressive about her was that she played in
the number 1 spot today. Although she didn't win the match, she looked like a
number one tennis player. Over the summer I will be making sure she is doing
the things she needs to do to take her to the next level. We lost today, but we
didn't get beat," Dunwoody added.
As the season
comes to an end for the Aggies, Dunwoody is already looking ahead to next
season and the steps he is going to take to make the team better.
"We are happy
that the girls improved match to match and how they represented North Carolina
A&T. That portion of the season was successful," said Dunwoody. "However,
in terms of our wins and losses, we have tremendous amount of work to do. We
have to get busy recruiting and getting a much higher level of tennis players
in here. Once I get those athletes to mesh with my current athletes, we will
have the potential to be really tough. My primary objectives are to get tennis
back on campus, get the facilities at a high standard and get the students
behind the team. With those improvements you will see the athletes perform
better knowing that the Aggie community is behind them."
Tennis Match Results
North Carolina Central Univ. vs North Carolina A&T
Apr 09, 2012 at Greensboro, N.C.
Central Univ. 5, North Carolina A&T 2
1. PALKO, Oleysa (NCCUW) def. HENRY,Nianna (NCATW) 6-1, 6-1
2. CHATMAN, Cameron (NCCUW) def. CROSS,Cayla (NCATW) 6-1, 6-2
3. NEKRASOVA, Ekaterina (NCCUW) def. NIGATU,Azeib (NCATW) 6-0, 6-1
4. WOOD, Rebecca (NCCUW) def. STALLING,Kimberly (NCATW) 6-4, 6-1
5. COLBERT,Kenya (NCATW) def. AGUILAR, Julia (NCCUW) 6-0, 6-0
6. BURRAGE,April (NCATW) def. MCDOUGALD, Lakisha (NCCUW) 6-1, 6-0
1. PALKO, Oleysa/CHATMAN, Cameron (NCCUW) def. NIGATU,Azeib/CROSS,Cayla
2. NEKRASOVA, Ekaterina/WOOD, Rebecca (NCCUW) def.
HENRY,Nianna/STALLING,Kimberly (NCATW) 8-1
3. BURRAGE,April/COLBERT,Kenya (NCATW) def. AGUILAR, Julia/MCDOUGALD, Lakisha