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
UMBC def UMES, 5-0