Spartanburg, S.C.- The UMBC women's tennis team ran its winning streak to five straight with victories over South Carolina-Upstate and Longwood in matches played at USCU on March 10 and 11.
The Retrievers improved to 8-5 on the season with a 6-1 win over the Spartans on Saturday and a narrow 4-3 decision over the Lancers on Sunday.
Freshman Isabel Aldunate (Bowie, Md./Home School) played an integral role in the Retrievers' win vs. Longwood. After the first two doubles matches were split, Aldunate teamed with junior Kyri Hadji (West Sunshine, Australia) to edge Hannah Hill/Nicole Park, 8-6, and capture the doubles point for the Retrievers.
UMBC extended its lead to 3-0 by cruising at Nos. 1 and 2 singles. Sophomore Kim Berghaus (Offenbach, Germany) blanked Marta Pinyol, 6-0, 6-0 at the No. 1 slot, while graduate student Shalini Sahoo (New Dehli, India/TCU) defeated Allison Shulman, 6-2, 6-0 at the No. 2 position.
But Longwood won matches at Nos. 5 and 6 singles to narrow the gap to 3-2, when Aldunate rallied for a 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3 match-clinching victory over Sarah Moomau at the No. 4 flight.
Aldunate improved to 10-3 in singles and is currently riding a six-match winning streak.
A day earlier, UMBC won two of three doubles matches and five of six in singles to defeat host USC-Upstate. Sahoo and No. 5 Heidi Danielsson won by identical 6-1, 6-1 decisions, while Aldunate defeated Hannah Al-Sakati, 6-3, 6-0.
'The women continue to be on a nice run with the doubles starting to look a
little better," head coach Rob Hubbard said. "I am proud of how well they have competed in their last several matches as we continue to prepare for the conference championships."