Hilton Head Island, S.C. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland women's tennis team split their doubleheader with Dickinson College (3-0) and Ramapo College (13-4). St. Mary's dropped a 6-3 decision to Dickinson before rebounding with a 6-3 win over Ramapo.
The Seahawks would start off the doubleheader by taking on Dickinson, a Centennial Conference competitor. Coming into the match, the Seahawks were on a three-match win streak and looking to extend it to four. The Red Devils had other plans on the day to make this wish short-lived.
In doubles play, it was all Seahawks as they got the early lead, going up 3-0 right off the bat. All doubles matches played were intense with senior Mollie Johnson (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) and sophomore Chelsea English (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) having the biggest nail-biter of the day. The Seahawk duo won 9-7 against Dickinson's Emily Sprague (South Burlington, Vt./Bluffton) and Jaclyn Baum (Ashland, Mass./Ashland) at No. 3 doubles.
Moving into singles play, it was all Red Devils as the Seahawks saw their lead diminish as Dickinson won six singles matches to take the overall match.
The Seahawks would have to have a short memory as they were up to play Ramapo College in short time for the second piece to the day's doubleheader. The Seahawks, with an immediate turnaround from the loss to Dickinson, faced off against Ramapo.
The Seahawks, again, came out guns blazing into the doubles matches, going a perfect 3-for-3 and taking a three-point lead over the Roadrunners. Seniors Emily Rost (Gaithersburg, Md./Northwest) and Liza Moore (Collegeville, Pa./Spring-Ford) teamed up for a very solid win in the No. 2 doubles match, winning 8-6 in the closest match of the day.
Moving into the singles matches, the Roadrunners put up a tremendous fight but the Seahawks would prevail. Sophomore Melissa Barall (Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake) took a commanding win against sophomore Vasundhra Gandotra (Bergenfield, N.J./Bergenfield) in the No. 1 singles match, 6-0, 6-1. The Roadrunners made a steady push in the mid-part of the singles action, claiming No. 2, No. 3, and No. 4 singles.
The early surge in doubles play by the Seahawks helped them pull out the victory on a long and exhausting day.
With the win, they move to 4-4 on the year and will take on Edgewood College tomorrow, Thursday, March 17 at 8:30 a.m. at the PTR Spring TennisFest in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
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