Towson, Md.- The UMBC women's tennis team lost a narrow 4-3 decision to host Towson on Friday afternoon.
The Retrievers rallied from a 3-1 deficit to knot the match at 3-3, but could not complete the comeback. UMBC freshman Julia Sauer (Aschaffenburg, Germany) competed in the deciding match at the No. 2 singles slot and was edged, 6-4, 6-4 by Towson's Nisha Shah.
Towson captured the doubles point, winning at the Nos. 1 and 2 slot before the UMBC tandem of sophomore Isabel Aldunate (Bowie, Md.) and freshman Madlena Kurasz (Zlotoryja, Poland) prevailed, 8-6 at the No. 3 position.
After the hosts captured the No. 5 singles match, UMBC senior Heidi Danielsson (Jonkoping, Sweden) got the visitors on the board with an impressive 6-0, 6-1 rout of Nani Lizano at the No.3 position. Towson took the No. 6 match, taking a 3-1 edge, but the Retrievers evened it up with victories at the Nos. 1 and 4 positions.
At the No. 1 position, Aldunate posted a strong 6-4, 6-1 victory over Towson's Ayana Dow. Then, UMBC junior Josefin Stange-Jonsson (Vasteras, Sweden) outlasted Lorena Ferrer, 6-4, 6-4, at the No. 4 position to send the match to its dramatic conclusion.
UMBC (4-8) heads south for spring break and will take on Charleston Southern on Wed., March 20.