Charleston, S.C.- The UMBC women's tennis team dropped three pivotal swing matches and fell, 6-1, to Charleston Southern at the CSU Tennis Complex.
Freshman Shannon Cleary (Little Bay, NSW, Australia) captured the Retrievers' lone point, defeating Susita Das, 6-4, 6-3 at the No. 6 singles position.
"We had sizable leads in three matches and failed to come through," head coach Rob Hubbard said. "In order to win the tougher matches, the women will have to do a better job of closing out their matches."
The Retrievers got off to a good start in doubles, as the improving duo of sophomore Isabel Aldunate (Bowie, Md./Home School) and freshman Madlena Kurasz (Zlotoryja, Poland) cruised past Das and Chanel Bell, 8-4. UMBC dropped the No. 1 double matches, but had opportunities at the No. 2 position, however, Cleary and senior Heidi Danielsson (Jonkoping, Sweden) could not hold off the tandem of Marketa Placha/Yvonne Huber and fell, 8-6, ceding the doubles point to CSU (7-4).
UMBC (4-9) fell behind, 3-0, by dropping matches at No. 2 and No. 4 singles, but Cleary put the Retrievers on the board and kept the match in doubt.
Freshman Julia Sauer (Aschaffenburg, Germany) won her first set, 6-4, at No. 3 singles, while Kurasz evened her match at the No. 5 positon at a set apiece. But Aldunate dropped the match's fourth point, falling, 6-2, 6-3 to Placha at No. 1 singles. Sauer could not survive Angelica Sidoreko's comeback and fell, 4-6. 6-4, 6-1, while Kurasz could not sustain the momentum from a second-set thrashing of Chanel Bell and dropped the match, 6-3, 0-6, 7-5.
The Retrievers' next match is at James Madison on March 23.