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Women's Tennis Has Excellent Fall Finish at Hokie Invitational
Blacksburg, Va.- The UMBC women’s tennis team concluded the fall by competing in the 18th annual Hokie Fall Invitational from Nov. 4-6, at the Burrows-Burleston Tennis Center.
Sophomore Kim Berghaus (Offenbach, Germany) and junior Heidi Danielsson (Jonkoping, Sweden) both earned fifth-place finishes at Flight A and D singles respectively. Berghaus lost a tough 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 decision to Virginia Tech’s Isel Martinez-Marcos, but bounced back to win two matches to capture fifth place.
After an easy win in the first round, Danielsson dropped a second set tie-breaker to Emma Helisten of Tulane,but also captured the fifth-place match with a win over Tech’s Emily Lauten 2-6,7-6 (5),1-0 (2).
Sophomore Josefin Stange-Jonsson (Vasteras, Sweden) captured seventh place in Flight C with a three-set victory over .Hila Elster, of Tulane, 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (7).
Both of UMBC’s doubles teams in Flight A won two matches to finish fifth and take the consolation final respectively. Berghaus teamed with senior Carmen Jackman (Silver Spring, Md./Blake) to win matches over Liberty, Western Carolina and Elon to capture fifth place.
Stange-Jonsson combined with senior Shalini Sahoo (New Dehli, India) to win the consolation final with an 8-6 win over a William & Mary tandem.
“The women played a lot of matches and showed signs of improvement in areas we have specifically targeted in their individual workouts this fall,” assistant coach Oliver Steil said.” We especially had a good day on Sunday winning seven of eight matches we played. It's always fun and exciting to see that we can play on the level of these nationally-ranked programs. Now with the fall coming to an end, we need to make sure we keep improving and show the same effort and desire in the spring semester when we start the season on the road with nationally-ranked Penn State."