April 3, 2014
Men's Tennis Gets Back to Work Versus Outstanding Xavier Squad on Saturday
BALTIMORE – The UMBC women's tennis team will host Temple and Xavier this weekend, while both teams will face the Musketeers on Saturday. The women's match against Temple will begin Friday at 1:00 p.m. while the matches against Xavier will start at 11:00 a.m. Both contests will be played at the Retriever Tennis Complex.
The Retrievers will have to shake some of the rust off after last weekend's cancellations. The women's last match was on Thursday, March 20 at Sacramento State. On the men's side, the Retrievers last played on Sunday, March 23 against No. 54 George Washington.
For the women, senior Josefin Stange-Jonsson (Vasteras, Sweden) leads the squad with a 9-4 singles mark. On the men's side, junior Daniel Gray (Bowie, Md./The Bullis School) and sophomore Melker Svard (Gothenburg, Sweden) share the team lead with singles marks of 9-5.
Temple women's tennis split matches last weekend, including a narrow 4-3 win over their conference foe Connecticut. Sophomore Minami Okajima (Malvern, Pa./Montville (N.J.)) led the comeback victory, winning the deciding match at the six position, 7-6(4), 6-2. The match against the Retrievers marks the end of an 11-game road trip for the Owls, and they currently stand at 6-10 on the year.
The Xavier women's team saw their four match win streak come to an end against Big East conference opponent Marquette this weekend. After splitting the singles points 3-3, the Musketeers lost twice in doubles, sealing their defeat. The loss put Xavier at 13-4 for the season. Before they play the Retrievers, the Musketeers have a match at George Washington on Friday.
Xavier's men's team (10-9) had the same result, a 4-3 loss to Marquette this weekend. After picking up the doubles point, the Musketeers only won matches at the three and six positions. The team blanked Wright State, 7-0, on Wednesday to complete its home slate at 4-0. Xavier will play at Georgetown on Friday, April 4 as they make their way to Baltimore.
UMBC's men's team will travel to William & Mary on Sunday, April 6 for their next match. Both teams will host Georgetown on Wednesday, April 9.