Jouravleva leads singles in women’s tennis

Kyle Adams, Staff Writer

The women’s tennis team ended its spring break competition tour with a 7-0 victory over St. Cloud State on March 12, improving its record to 2-9 on the year. The win came after a disappointing 6-1 loss to James Madison, with the only scorer being Lisa Jouravleva ’18, who won 7-5, 6-2 at No. 2.

Singles play was a shining point for the Orange and Blue against the Huskies, winning 36 of 46 games.  Maria Cioffi ’16 continued her string of impressive play with a win at No. 1. Madeline Melch ’18 (No. 3), Jorie Fox ’17 (No. 4), Michele Urbinati ’17 (No. 5), and Alyssa McAndrew ’15 (No. 6) also contributed singles victories.

The Bison swept doubles competition, with Jouravleva and Stephanie Pino ’16 teamed up for an 8-6 win at  No. 1. Emilie Bush ’18 and Allison Lane ’18 won by 8-5 at No. 2, and Christie Schneider ’15 and Melissa Parks ’17 won by a score of 8-2 at No. 3.

The Orange and Blue carried their momentum through to their home opener, getting the 5-2 win over Mount St. Mary’s. They improved to 3-9 on the year in front of their home fans on March 18.

The first point was never in doubt, clinched with three doubles wins. At No. 3, McAndrew and Parks won easily, by a score of 8-2. At No. 1, Cioffi and Pino won by the same score and the closest of the three matches came at No. 2 with Jouravleva and Urbinati teaming up for the 8-4 win.

Singles matches went just as seamlessly, and victory was never in doubt for head coach Rebecca Helt’s team. Jouravleva and Cioffi put on dominant performances, winning 6-1, 6-1 and 6-0, 6-0 respectively. The third Bison win in singles play came from Melch, with scores of 0-6, 6-2, 10-6.

Helt seemed satisfied with her team’s performance, citing solid team play and consistency as keys to the victory over Mount St. Mary’s.

The Bison will next travel to St. Joseph’s on March 21, after their scheduled match against Rider on March 19 was cancelled.

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