Danielsson Shines as Women's Tennis Splits Pair with Hartford, Boston U.

The UMBC women's tennis team (3-4) split a pair of road America East Conference matches over the weekend, defeating Hartford, 6-1, before falling to perennial champion Boston University, by the same 6-1 count.


"The women did a nice job with Hartford, but struggled with the court conditions at Boston," head coach Rob Hubbard said. "But they competed hard and should be able to take something away from this in preparation for conference at the end of April."


Junior Heidi Danielsson (Jonkoping, Sweden) ramped up her play, capturing all three of her matches this weekend. On Saturday at Hartford, she teamed with sophomore Kim Berghaus (Offenbach, Germany) to blank Hartford's team of Gileau/Galik , 8-0 at the No. 2 doubles position. Elevated one notch to the No. 4 singles position, she shut out Haley Gileau, 6-0, 6-0.


UMBC only dropped three games and swept the doubles competition.


Berghaus fell in a third-set tie-breaker (10-5) at the No. 1 singles slot, but the other five Retrievers lost a combined eight games to snap a three-game match drought.


Boston U., which has captured the last 17 America East titles, swept UMBC in the three doubles matches and all six singles contests were decided in straight sets. But Danielsson sprung the upset, defeating the Terriers' Petra Santini, 6-2, 6-3 at the No. 5 position.


"Heidi had an exceptional performance vs Hartford and Boston. I look forward to her continuing her strong play," Hubbard said.


UMBC travels to Norfolk, Va. to take on Old Dominion on Saturday.