Loganville’s Gish helps Piedmont take down Birmingham-Southern in women’s tennis

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DEMOREST, GA (02/25/2021)– Senior Megan Waldheim of Berkeley Lake, Georgia, etched her name in the Piedmont women’s tennis record books and delivered the clinching win as the Lady Lions took down Birmingham-Southern, 5-4, on February 21 in Alabama.

Waldheim began her day by teaming with Maggie Moody of Macon, Georgia, and taking a grueling 8-6 doubles victory at No. 1 to give Piedmont a 2-1 lead going into singles.

Then, with the Lady Lions leading 4-2, she delivered again, prevailing, 6-2, 7-5, at No. 2 singles. Her singles win gives her 42 in her career, passing her former teammate Morgan Buchholz of Buford, Georgia, for the most in program history. The win also placed her atop the program list for combined victories with 79.

Unlike the previous day, when Piedmont was able to sweep all three doubles lines, the Panthers were able to deliver an 8-2 win at No. 3 to answer Piedmont’s 8-2 win at No. 2 from Imani Vincent of Lawrenceville, Georgia, and Melissa Gish of Loganville, Georgia. After the Lady Lions were able to come through with Waldheim and Moody’s big 8-6 win to close out doubles, Piedmont quickly put itself within a point of winning the match after easy wins from Vincent at No. 1 and freshman Abbey Grace Venham of Covington, Georgia, at No. 6.

However, BSC quickly answered with a 6-2, 6-3 win from Sarah Rushing at No. 5 before Waldheim slammed the door shut, holding off BSC’s Emily Enoch to win the second set, 7-5, and give the Lady Lions their second consecutive win.

With the match already decided in Piedmont’s favor, BSC was able to prevail in a pair of three-setters at No. 3 and No. 4 to bring the final margin to 5-4.

On the previous day, and with the match hanging in the balance, Gish delivered a clutch three-set win at No. 5 singles to lift the Lady Lions past Birmingham-Southern, 5-4.

Gish rallied from down a set to take the second set, 6-3, and then followed with a dominating performance in the third set to win her match and give Piedmont its first win of 2021.

The match began with a doubles sweep from the Lady Lions to build them a 3-0 lead heading into singles.

Moody and Walheim delivered a convincing 8-1 win at No. 1 doubles while Gish and Vincent teamed up for an 8-4 win at No. 2 and Kara Landsiedel of Woodstock, Georgia, and Rachel Marsh of Atlanta, Georgia, completed the sweep with an 8-5 victory at No. 3.

The Panthers began to claw their way back into the match as singles began, taking straight set wins at No. 3 and No. 4 to cut their deficit to 3-2.

However, the Lady Lions answered back with Waldheim’s 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 2 to put them a match away from clinching.

BSC once again answered, picking up wins at No. 6 and No. 1, leaving Gish’s match at No. 5 as the decider. The freshman rallied to lift Piedmont over the top.

About Piedmont College

One of the most dynamic small colleges in the Southeast, Piedmont is an independent liberal arts college of more than 2,500 students. The college’s four schools-Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, and Nursing & Health Sciences-develop tomorrow’s leaders by engaging students in the classroom, in their community, and around the world. Founded in 1897, Piedmont offers bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degree programs at its Demorest residential campus in the foothills of the northeast Georgia mountains and at its Athens campus in the heart of Georgia’s Classic City.

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