March 2, 2014
Women's Tennis Returns to Action and Blanks Howard
BALTIMORE – The UMBC women's tennis team, idle for two weeks, defeated Howard, 4-0, in their return to the courts on March 2. The Retrievers improved to 3-4, while the Bison fell to 1-2 on the campaign.
The match started outdoors at the UMBC Tennis Complex, but rain forced the completion of the contest indoor to 40 West Racquet Club.
"After being away from competition for the past two weeks I was pleased how well the women started today," said head coach Rob Hubbard. "They were anxious and ready to play which translated into a lot of very good tennis."
Senior Kim Berghaus (Offenbach, Germany) cruised past Maame Osei, 6-1, 6-2 at the No. 2 position to open the proceedings. Freshman Mariami Dolashvili (Alushta, Ukraine) extended UMBC's lead to 2-0 with a 6-3, 6-4 decision over Stacey Roheman at the No. 3 position.
Freshman Olga Baikulova (Vladikavlcaz, Russia) had a tough battle at the No. 1 position, but outlasted Katelyn Stokes, 7-5, 6-3. After the match moved indoors, sophomore Isabel Aldunate (Bowie, Md.) clinched the match with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Jessica Josiah at the No. 4 position.
"Isabel Aldunate had a great breakthrough in her game and wrapped up the victory for her team," Hubbard said. "Her hard work is just starting to pay off."
The Retrievers are set to continue their series of home matches on Thursday, March 6, when Towson visits the UMBC Tennis Complex.