Lakers Women’s Tennis Bounce Back to Earn 5-4 Victory Over Walsh

In their home opening match, the Lake Superior State women’s tennis team bounced back from a 4-3 deficit to claim the 5-4 team victory.

The Lakers (1-2, 1-2 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) led 2-1 following doubles play. Lakers top pairing of Tara Harvey and Jenay Andrews defeated Walsh’s Sofya Logunova and Snezhana Kiseleva, 8-5. Laura Fernandez and Macarena Bielsa followed with an 8-6 win over Dari Bondareva and Victoria Ambrosio in No. 2 doubles.

The Cavaliers (0-3, 0-3 GLIAC) took the last doubles match with an 8-6 win from Mercedes Fernanez and Gabriela Laguna-Leon over Laura Roberts and Allison Grandfield.

The top three singles matches all went in favor of Walsh as the visitors quickly took a 4-3 lead. Logunova topped Harvey 7-6 (8), 6-1 in No. 1 singles, Fernanz claimed a 7-5, 7-5 win over Roberts and Bondareva defeated Bielsa 6-3, 6-3 in No. 3 singles.

LSSU fought back and eeked out a trio of three-set matches for the final three points to come back and earn the 5-4 victory.

Fernandez started the comeback bid with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-0 win over Ambrosio. Andrews bounced back to tie the match with a 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-3 victory over Kiseleva in No. 5 singles. In the deciding match, Grandfield fought back from a 6-4 loss in the first set to claim the final two sets 6-1, 6-5 over Laguna-Leon.

The Lakers cap the weekend with a 10:00 a.m match against Ashland on Sunday and have next week off before returning home against Saginaw Valley State on October 1st and Northwood on October 2nd. All home LSSU tennis matches begin at 10:00 a.m and admission is free to the public.

Source: LSSU Athletics

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