St. Mary's Women's Tennis Advances to CAC Semifinals
St. Mary's City, Md. – The third-seeded St. Mary's College of Maryland women's tennis team is moving on to their fifth consecutive Capital Athletic Conference Women's Tennis Championship Tournament semifinal match with Saturday's 6-3 victory over sixth-seeded Stevenson University in first round action.
St. Mary's (15-6) will now face second-seeded Salisbury University in the semifinals on Monday, April 23 at 4:00 pm at Salisbury.
The tandem of junior Shelby Mullennix (California, Md./Leonardtown) and first-year Emily Stumpfig (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson) posted an 8-1 victory over sophomore Katie Fersch (Mechanicsville, Md./Chopticon) and first-year Svetlana Widell (St. Michael's, Md./St. Michael's) at No. 3 doubles to give St. Mary's (15-6) a 1-0 lead in the match.
Junior Chelsea Bradcovich (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) and sophomore Alexa Gaul (Ivyland, Pa./Council Rock North) followed suit with their 8-4 win over senior Stephanie Eyler (Thurmont, Md./Catoctin) and junior Susannah Hoblitzell (Towson, Md./Towson) at No. 1 doubles for a 2-0 Seahawk advantage.
Stevenson (6-9) cut the deficit to 2-1 as the duo of junior Megan Heagy (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) and sophomore Jordan Rupard (North Beach, Md./Southern) picked up an 8-4 triumph over sophomore Alyssa Stine (Columbia, Md./Atholton) and first-year Lauren Rost (Darnestown, Md./Poolesville) at the second doubles flight.
Senior Kathleen Ramsey (Dunkirk, Md./Northern) returned a two-point lead to the Seahawks with her straight set victory of 6-0, 6-0 over Widell at No. 4 singles.
Gaul made it a 4-1 St. Mary's advantage with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Hoblitzell at No. 1 singles before Eyler closed the gap to 4-2 with her 6-2, 6-3 triumph over Stumpfig at No. 2 singles.
Rost notched the decisive point as she put the Seahawks ahead 5-2 with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Fersch at the fifth singles flight.
St. Mary's sixth point came at No. 6 singles as Bradcovich came up with a 7-5, 6-1 triumph over Heagy before Rupard posted a 5-7, 7-5, 10-2 win over Stine at No. 3 singles, avenging her regular-season three-set loss to Stine.