Edinburg, Texas – The UMBC women's tennis team opened its 2014 season with a 6-1 victory over Prairie View A&M at the Texas-Pan American courts on Saturday afternoon.
Junior Isabel Aldunate (Bowie, Md.) and sophomore Madlena Kurasz (Zlotoryja, Poland) opened doubles play with a 6-0 victory over their Lady Panther foes at the No. 3 slot. Senior Josefin Stange-Jonsson (Vasteras, Sweden) and sophomore Shannon Cleary (Little Bay, NSW, Australia) clinched the doubles point by blanking PVAM, 6-0, at the No. 2 position.
Stange-Jonsson, returning from a 2013 spring injury, gave UMBC a 2-0 lead with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Donielle Richard at the No. 5 position. In her collegiate debut, freshman Mariami Dolashvili (Ukraine) cruised past Sydney Thomas, 6-1, 6-2 at the No. 3 position and Cleary clinched the match for the Retrievers with a 6-4, 6-2 triumph over Maria Lackey at the No. 6 slot.
No. 4 Kuracz and No. 1 Olga Baikulova (Vladikavlacz, Russia) also captured singles victories for UMBC.
"We came out very fast in the doubles which really set the tone going into the singles," said head coach Rob Hubbard. "That was a little bit of a surprise as we are still working on different doubles combinations at the moment. The women demonstrated a strong understanding of doubles strategy though which was reflected in their scores.
"Kudos to Mariami Dolashvili and Olga Baikulova, as the freshmen played well in their first dual match while picking up their first wins (singles) as Retrievers today. We will see a lot of good things from them in the future."
#1 Olga Baikulova / Mariami Dolashvili vs. Harrell / LeFridge (PVAM) DNF
#2 Josefin Stange-Jonsson / Shannon Cleary def Gore / Bond 6-0
#3 Madlena Kurasz / Isabel Aldunate def Richard / Lackey 6-0
#1 Olga Baikulova def Brittany Harrell (PVAM) 3-6, 7-5, 10-7
#2 Isabel Aldunate lost to Taylor LeFridge (PVAM) 6-4,6-1
#3 Mariami Dolashvili def Sydney Thomas (PVAM) 6-1,6-2
#4 Madlena Kurasz def Erika Bond (PVAM) 6-4, 7-6 (1)
#5 Josefin Stange-Jonsson def Donielle Richard (PVAM) 6-1,6-1
#6 Shannon Cleary def Maria Lackey (PVAM) 6-4,6-2
Order of Finish
Doubles: 3, 2*
Singles: 5, 3, 6**, 2, 4, 1
* clinched doubles point
** clinched match