BALTIMORE – The UMBC women's tennis team raced out to a 4-0 lead and defeated James Madison, 5-2, in a hard-fought match at 40 West Racquet Club.
The Retrievers snapped a brief three-game slide and improved to 2-3 on the season. James Madison slipped to 1-2 on the campaign.
Kim Berghaus (Offenbach, Germany) keyed the victory, as she captured two matches. The senior was part of the clinching wins in both doubles and singles.
"Kim Berghaus had a terrific day as she clinched both the doubles point (with partner Madlena Kurasz) and the match with her come-from- behind victory at No. 2 singles," head coach Rob Hubbard said. "She really has worked hard and deserved these victories since coming back from her season-ending injury a year ago."
JMU, which knocked off Navy, 4-3 a day earlier, captured the No. 1 doubles match, but senior Josefin Stange-Jonsson (Vasteras, Sweden) combined with freshman Mariami Dolashvili (Alushta, Ukraine) to edge Sarah Khan and Cara Wirth, 6-4, at the No. 2 slot. In a dramatic, deciding match, Berghaus teamed with sophomore Madlena Kurasz (Zlotoryja, Poland) to defeat Rox Andriescu and Jacky Palmucci, 7-6 (6), in a tie-breaker.
The Retrievers seemed to carry the momentum into the singles and freshman No. 1 Olga Baikulova (Vladikavlcaz, Russia) gave UMBC a 2-0 lead with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Taylor Pinchoff . Dolashvili became a double-winner when she held off Emily Bradshaw, 6-4, 4-6 (10-4) at No. 3 singles.
After dropping her first set at No. 2 singles, Berghaus clinched the match for the Retrievers, as she rallied for a 2-6, 7-6 (5), 10-4 victory over Alex Huie.
Four of the six singles matches went the distance. Stange-Jonsson also posted a singles victory, edging Palmucci, 6-4, 0-6, (13-11).
"I am very proud of our team as they beat a strong and deep team from JMU," Hubbard said. "We are not yet at 100% health-wise, but are playing our matches very tough. Hopefully, we can continue getting healthy and competing well along the way."
UMBC returns to action on Sunday, Feb. 16 when they entertain George Washington at 40 West with a match time of 6:30 p.m.