The UMBC women's tennis team opened its fall campaign by winning all four matches in Towson University's Tiger Classic on Sept. 18.
The Retrievers won all four matches, defeating George Mason 4-1, Saint Joseph's, 4-1, Johns Hopkins 3-2, and Towson, 3-2.
Junior Carmen Jackman (Silver Spring, Md./Blake), sophomore Lorena Valente (Florianopolis, Brazil/Coracao de Jesus), sophomore Kyri Hadji (West Sunshine, Australia/Westbourne Grammar) and sophomore transfer Julia Gragera-Cano were all undefeated over the weekend. Gragero-Cano clinched the deciding match vs. Johns Hopkins with Valente providing the deciding point vs. Towson.
The format used was a 4/1 whereby four singles and one doubles are contested
at the same time. Jackman was 4-0 in singles, while Valente was 3-0 in singles and 1-0 in doubles. Hadji on her lone singles' match and both doubles matches, while Gragera-Cano was 1-0 in singles and 1-0 in doubles.
Head Coach Rob Hubbard said, "I was very pleased with the team's effort and resolve this weekend. We just began practicing less than two weeks ago and they have already demonstrated a keen interest in competing. While we were a bit rusty, their competitive drive picked up right where it left off last spring. This was a nice start to the 2010-11 season."
The Retriever's women's team returns to action October 1-3 when they travel to Virginia Tech for the Hokie Fall Invitational.