Women's Tennis Sweeps MEAC Foes To Extend Winning Streak

Women's Tennis Sweeps MEAC Foes To Extend Winning Streak

BALTIMORE – The UMBC women's tennis teams swept a pair of matches from MEAC foes on Saturday, March 8, besting Morgan State, 6-1, and UMES, 5-0, at the UMBC Tennis Complex. The Retrievers have now won three consecutive matches and stand at 5-4 on the season.

Against the Bears, UMBC won the doubles point as the No. 3 duo of senior Josefin Stange-Jonsson (Vasteras, Sweden) and freshman Mariami Dolashvili (Alushta, Ukraine) blanked Arina Ailueva/Tiffany Hughes, 8-0, and the No. 1 tandem of freshman Olga Baikulova (Vladikavlcaz, Russia) and sophomore Isabel Aldunate (Bowie,Md.) outlasted Margarita Belyakova/Ekaterina Iakoleva, 8-3.

UMBC put the match away with victories at the top three singles positions. At No. 3, Dolashvili defeated Iakoleva, 6-1, 6-3 and senior No. 2 Kim Berghaus (Offenbach, Germany) cruised past Alilueva, 6-2, 6-0. Baikulova clinched the match victory for the Retrievers with a 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Chelsi Russell at the No. 1 slot.

Stange-Jonsson, at No .6 singles, and No. 5 sophomore Madlena Kurasz (Zlotoryja, Poland) also captured singles matches for the Retrievers.   

Only five singles matches were played in the afternoon versus the Hawks of UMES and a juggled Retriever lineup did not lose a game in the contest. Dolashvili was elevated to the No. 1 position and blanked Reine Fowajuh, 6-0, 6-0, and freshman Adriana Aldunate (Bowie, Md./) was inserted at No. 5 singles and she shut out Alex Manalova, 6-0, 6-0.

The Retrievers compete at Drexel on March 9, before heading west over spring break.  

UMBC 6, Morgan State 1

#1 Singles Olga Baikulova, UMBC def Chelsi Russell, MSU, 6-2, 6-2 

#2 Singles Kim Berghaus, UMBC def Arina Alilueva, MSU 6-2, 6-0

#3 Singles Mariami Dolashvili, UMBC def Ekaterina Iakovleva, MSU, 6-1,6-3 

#4 Singles Isabel Aldunate, UMBC lost to Margarita Belyakova, MSU 6-2, 7-5 

#5 Singles Madlena Kurasz, UMBC def Cierra Plummer, MSU 7-5, 4-6, 10-3 

#6 Singles Josefin Stange-Jonsson, UMBC def Tiffany Hughes, MSU 6-0, 6-0 

#1 Doubles Olga Baikulova/Isabel Aldunate def Margarita Belyakova/  Ekaterina Iakovleva,  8-3 

#2 Doubles Kim Berghaus/Madlena Kurasz lost to Cierra Plummer 
 Chelsi Russell, 8-6 

#3 Doubles Josefin Stange-Jonsson/Mariami Dolashvili def Arina Alilueva 
 Tiffany Hughes, 8-0


UMBC def UMES, 5-0

#1 Singles Mariami Dolashvili, UMBC def Reine Fowajuh, UMES, 6-0, 6-0

#2 Singles Isabel Aldunate, UMBC def Jasmine Jennings, UMES, 6-0, 6-0 

#3 Singles Madlena Kurasz, UMBC def Selena Jones, UMES 6-0, 6-0 

#4 Singles Josefin Stange-Jonsson, UMBC def Petra Jerabkova, UMES 6-0, 6-0 

#5 Singles Adriana Aldunate, UMBC def Alex Manolova, UMES 6-0, 6-0