Columbia, Md. – The fourth-seeded UMBC women's tennis team pulled out a tough 4-2 victory over fifth-seeded Albany to advance to the semifinals of the America East Championships.
UMBC (8-12) advances to take on top-seeded Stony Brook at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday at the Wilde Lake Community Center courts.
The Retrievers captured the doubles point, as the No. 1 duo of senior Josefin Stange-Jonsson (Vasteras, Sweden) and sophomore Shannon Cleary (Little Bay, NSW, Australia) rallied to defeat Mirelle Hermans and Kirsten Scott, 8-6. The Retriever duo broke at 6-all, and Stange-Jonsson produced three winners in her service game to close out the match.
Albany had defaulted at No. 3 doubles, hence the No. 2 match was halted with UMBC leading, 7-4.
But the Great Danes rallied and captured matches at Nos. 5 and 3 singles to level the match at 2-all.
Senior Kim Berghaus (Offenbach, Germany) captured her first set, 6-1, over Hermans at the No. 1 slot, but the UA sophomore battled back to take a 4-1 second set lead. Berghaus fought back and forced a tie-breaker, which she won, 7-5, to give the Retrievers their third point.
Freshman Madlena Kurasz (Zlotoryja, Poland) competed against Kirsten Scott in a hard-hitting match at the No. 2 singles slot. In a tight affair thoughout, Kurasz prevailed, 7-6, 7-5, breaking Scott in the final game to give UMBC the victory.
Notes: Berghaus has won six straight contests at No. 1 singles and has improved to 7-3 overall… UMBC avenged a loss to Albany in the conference semi-finals from a year ago.