The UMBC women's tennis team rallied from a 3-1 deficit to knot the match at Old Dominion, but fell, 4-3, to the Monarchs Sunday afternoon at the Folkes-Stevens Indoor Tennis Center.
The Retrievers won all three doubles matches to capture the first point of the contest. Senior Heidi Danielsson and freshman Shannon Cleary were 8-4 winners at No. 3 doubles while junior Kim Berghaus and freshman Julia Sauer were 8-6 winners at No. 1 to clinch the doubles point for the Retrievers. Freshman Madlena Kurasz and junior Josefin Strange-Jonsson gave the visitors the sweep with a 7-6 victory at the No. 2 position.
The Monarchs (4-0) captured matches at Nos. 2, 6 and 3 singles to take a 3-1 lead. But Sauer edged Juliana Pires at No. 4 singles, 6-4, 7-5 and Berghaus prevailed over Diana Ivanova, 7-6, 6-4 at the No. 1 slot to even the match.
In the deciding match, Cleary took the first set, 7-5 and charged ahead, 5-2 in the second. But ODU's Melissa Esnal Olguin rallied to capture that set, 7-5, and prevailed, 6-3, in the final set.
UMBC (0-3) continues its rigorous early schedule by facing Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y. on Feb .2.