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WOMEN'S TENNIS WINS NINTH STRAIGHT; EARNS NATIONAL RANKING
The UMBC women's tennis team (9-1) won its ninth straight match, a 6-1 decision over UNC Wilmington on Saturday. The four-time defending NEC champions have been ranked by College Tennis Online for the past two weeks, debuting at #69 two weeks ago, and remaining amongst the Top 75 programs in the country at #71 this week. The Retrievers have been strong up and down the lineup again this season. Junior #1 seed Jana Karaskova improved to 9-1 singles with a 6-1, 6-3 win over UNCW’s Sallie Kiser. She is now a combined 17-2 this spring and her all-time career singles mark is 44-5. Junior #3 seed Tia Kaasalainen lost just one game in a 6-0, 6-1 triumph at #3 singles over UNCW’s Kristin Mears. She partnered for the first time at #1 doubles with Jana Karaskova and their partnership resulted in a 8-3 win. The native of Finland is now 8-2 in singles this season and 8-2 in doubles, including 7-2 in “A” flight doubles matches and is 25-4 in her doubles career at UMBC. Senior team captain and #2 seed Anita Pushpanathan (7-3), freshman #4 Alessandra Pedergnana (8-2), sophomore #5 Lana Khavalina (7-1) and sophomore #6 Aimee Lim (7-3) have also excelled for Head Coach Keith Puryear. The Retrievers have some tough challenges, as Cincinnati, main NEC rival Quinnipiac and Army all play at UMBC this weekend.