Harrisonburg, Va.- The UMBC women's tennis team started strong, capturing the doubles point, but host James Madison rallied for a 5-2 victory at the Hillside Courts.
UMBC junior Josefin Stange-Jonsson (Vasteras, Sweden) won at both No. 2 doubles and No. 4 singles to lead the Retrievers' effort.
James Madison improved to 6-4, while the Retrievers' record now stands at 4-11.
Stange-Jonsson combined with freshman Shannon Cleary (Little Bay, NSW, Australia) to cruise past Cara Wirth-Katherine Bulling, 8-2. The Retrievers wrapped up the doubles point when the No. 1 tandem of senior Heidi Danielsson (Jonkoping, Sweden) and freshman Julia Sauer (Aschaffenburg, Germany) outlasted JMU's No. 1 squad, 8-6.
After Danielsson fell, 6-3, 6-2 at No. 1 singles, Stange-Jonsson gave the visitors a 2-1 lead when she outlasted Michelle Nguyen, 7-5, 6-2 at the No. 4 singles position.
Despite all of the matches being tightly-contested, UMBC could not come away another victory. The key match was at No. 2 singles, where UMBC sophomore Isabel Aldunate (Bowie, Md./Home School) dropped a second-set tiebreaker, and lost, 6-1, 7-6, giving the hosts a 3-2 lead.
UMBC will play the first of three matches vs. America East competition on Fri., March 29, when they travel to Stony Brook.