ATLANTA, Georgia (April 12, 2014) -- The Lady Tigers of Stillman College defeated the Lady Panthers of Clark Atlanta University 5-3 to win its second consecutive SIAC Women's Tennis title. Stillman's Litia Godinet, the 2013 and 2014 SIAC Women's Tennis Player of the Year, was named the women's tournament MVP while Lady Tigers head coach Will Riley earned Most Outstanding Coach honors.
The championship match was the third installment of the season series between the Lady Tigers and Lady Panthers, with Stillman picking up both wins by similar 5-4 team scores.
The match began with tough doubles competition with the Lady Tigers (31-4) taking two of the three doubles points. The number one team of Godinet and Carolina Barabas defeated Vonnick Boyogueno and Brionne Bachus 8-4. Nair Tolomeo and Angela Corredor then defeated Asia Boyd and Ivory Conley 8-3 while the number three team of Rosana Medeiros and Veronika Kalugina fell 8-4.
In singles play, Stillman took a 3-1 team lead when Godinet downed Vanessa Jean Baptiste 6-0, 6-1. The Lady Panthers won the number two singles point with a straight-set win, closing the gap to 3-2. Stillman surged ahead 4-2 when Tolomeo won the number three singles match 6-2, 6-7, 6-4. CAU earned another team point winning the number four match in straight sets 6-3, 6-3. In the number five singles match, Kalugina earned the deciding team point by defeating Conley 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.
While Godinet was named tournament MVP, Tolomeo (singles) and Barabas (doubles) joined her on the all-tournament team.
WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP: Stillman 5, Clark Atlanta 3
1. Carolina Barabas / Litia Godinet (SC) def. Vonnick Boyogueno / Brionne Bachus (CAU) - 8-4
2. Nair Tolomeo / Angela Corredor (SC) def. Asia Boyd / Ivory Conley (CAU) - 8-3
3. Avern Gumbs / Tori Pradier (CAU) def. Rosana Medeiros / Veronika Kalugina (SC) - 8-4
1. Litia Godinet (SC) def. Vanessa Jean-Baptiste (CAU) - 6-0, 6-1
2. Tori Pradier (CAU) def. Carolina Barabas (SC) - 6-3, 6-4
3. Nair Tolomeo (SC) def. Vonnick Boyogueno (CAW) - 6-2, 6-7, 6-4
4. Brionne Bachus (CAU) def. Angela Corredor (SC) - 6-3, 6-3
5. Veronika Kalugina (SC) def. Ivory Conley (CAU) - 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
6. Asia Boyd (CAU) def. Rosana Medeiros (SC) - no result
Women's SIAC All-Tournament team:
1. Litia Godinet - Stillman College
2. Nair Tolomeo - Stillman College
3. Tori Pradier - Clark Atlanta University
4. Brionne Bachus - Clark Atlanta University
5. Gabriella Louis - Fort Valley State University
6. Yonelle Arimon - Fort Valley State University
1. Carolina Barabas & Litia Godinet - Stillman College
2. Avern Gumbs & Tori Pradier - Clark Atlanta University
3. Gabriella Louis & Yonelle Arimon - Fort Valley State University
Tournament MVP: Litia Godinet - Stillman College
Most Outstanding Coach: William Riley - Stillman College
2014 SIAC Women's Champions: Stillman College