Women's Tennis Defeats Temple, 4-3
Feb. 21, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts women's tennis team (4-1, 1-0 A-10) defeated Temple University last night at the Bay Road Tennis Center by a score of 4-3. After sweeping the doubles matches, it took the final set of the final match to decide the victor. Freshman Christine Liehr (Stuttgart, Germany) came from behind to defeat Laura Sieverling in the #3 singles, 0-6, 6-3, 7-5, to break the 3-3 tie.
The Minutewomen began the match by earning the doubles point with a sweep of the Owls. In #1 doubles, senior Jenny Munroe (Valencia, Calif.) and junior Stephanie Price (Columbia, Mo.) defeated Danira Penic and Ana Maslesa, 8-5. Liehr and sophomore Dorothy Iwanowicz (Hilton Head, S.C.) then defeated Jennifer Goeta and Sieverling 8-5 in the #2 slot, while co-captains senior Susan Hyams (Cincinnati, Ohio) and junior Sasha Edelstein (Haifa, Israel) closed out the #3 doubles with a convincing 8-1 victory over Lara Ercegovic and Lauren Verrall.
Leading 1-0 going into singles play, Massachusetts needed to win three of the six singles matches in order to win the match. At #1 singles, Price fell to Penic, 6-1, 6-3. Iwanowicz then took down Verrall in the #4 singles, followed by a loss by Jana Bartoloni (Charlestown, Mass.), to tie the match at 2-2. The #6 singles then saw Hyams defeat Goeta, making the match score 3-2 in favor of the Minutewomen. After Edelstein fell to Maslesa, 6-4, 6-2, the teams were tied at 3-3 headed into the final match. After dropping the first set 6-0, Liehr, who has recently been struggling with her confidence, was able to recover and take the second set, 6-3. The final set saw Liehr take a 7-5 victory, giving the match win to the Minutewomen.
Massachusetts will be back in action on Sunday, Feb. 22, as they travel to Brown University for a 12:00 p.m. match.