March 10, 2013

Women's Tennis Edges Delaware, 4-3, in Dramatic Fashion

BALTIMORE- Junior Josefin Stange-Jonsson (Vasteras, Sweden) staved off a match point and rallied from a deficit in a tie-breaker to win in three sets and propel UMBC to a 4-3 victory over Delaware in the first women's match played on campus in 2013.

In the No. 4 singles position, Stange-Jonsson captured the first set over Nataliya Naumova, 6-4, but dropped the second set, 6-1.  Trailing 6-5 in the deciding set, she was down match point, but won the point and eventually sent the match to a tie-breaker. Naumova took a 5-2 lead in the breaker, but the Retriever junior won six of the next seven points to capture the match for the Retrievers.

UMBC has won two straight matches and is now 4-7 on the campaign.

Stange-Jonsson combined with freshman Julia Sauer (Aschaffenburg, Germany) to win at No. 1 doubles, 8-5 and the Retrievers captured the doubles point by triumphing, 8-5 at the No. 3 position. Sophomore Isabel Aldunate (Bowie, Md.) and freshman Madlena Kurasz (Zlotoryja, Poland) were the victors in that match.   

Sauer and senior Heidi Danielsson (Jonkoping, Sweden) won in straight sets at Nos. 2 and 3 singles to give UMBC a 3-0 lead. Sauer defeated Dorothy Safron, 6-4, 6-4, while Danielsson edged Carmen Lai, 6-3, 7-6.

But UMBC dropped matches at Nos. 1, 5 and 6, setting up Stange-Jonsson's match-deciding effort.

The Retrievers play at Towson on March 15.