Injury-Bitten Women's Tennis Squad Falls to Albany in America East Semi-Finals
BALTIMORE- The third-seeded UMBC women's tennis team captured the doubles point, but the injury-riddled Retrievers fell to No. 2 Albany, 4-1, in the America East Conference semifinal match played at the UMBC Tennis Complex.
The Retrievers took the momentum early, as their No. 2 and 3 doubles teams won by identical 8-4 scores to take the doubles point. Junior Josefin Stange-Jonsson (Vasteras, Sweden) and freshman Shannon Cleary (Little Bay, NSW, Australia) posted the victory in the No. 2 slot, while sophomore Isabel Aldunate (Bowie, Md.) and freshman Madlena Kurasz (Zlotoryja, Poland) recorded the win in the No. 3 position.
Already missing No. 1 player Kim Berghaus with a season-ending injury, UMBC suffered another blow early in the singles competition, when Stange-Jonsson had to retire at No. 4 singles position. The Retriever junior was 11-3 at No. 4 singles entering the competition, but was unable to continue with her match all square at 3-3 in the first set.
The Great Danes won in straight sets at Nos. 1 and 2 singles to take a 3-1 lead. Kurasz and Cleary won their first sets at Nos. 5 and 6 to give the hosts a chance, but UA's Mirelle Hermans rallied to defeat Cleary, 1-6, 6-0, 6-2 to clinch the match for Albany.
Heidi Danielsson (Jonkoping, Sweden) is the lone senior on the 2013 squad.
Albany advanced to play top-seeded Stony Brook in Sunday title match.