The Union Women’s Tennis team recorded its second shutout victory of the season when they defeated SUNY Plattsburgh 9-0 on Sept. 19. The team’s first win came on Sept. 12 in their season opener against Liberty League opponent Bard College.
With a new head coach, Brian Bowman at the helm, the Dutchwomen are off to a very successful start.
As the Dutchwomen and the Plattsburgh Lady Cardinals kicked off the contest with a trio of doubles matches, most eyes were on the No. 1 doubles match between Union’s Natalia Pronchick ’17 and Paige Webster ’19 and Plattsburgh’s Kaitlyn Healy and Kelci Henn.
It was a dramatic match that came down to the final point, with Pronchick and Webster up 7-6 needing just one more to clinch the match. After Healy and Henn forced deuce, Pronchick and Webster came through with consecutive points to win the game and the match, grabbing the first point of the day for the Dutchwomen.
The No. 2 doubles match was not quite so suspenseful as Union’s duo of Hayley Lough ’16 and Julianne Loree ’18 defeated Plattsburgh’s combination of Shari Forman and Jacqueline Ciriello 8-2.
However, the No. 3 doubles match between Union’s Lena Diller ’18 and Abby Vickers ’18 and Plattsburgh’s Sarah Drexinger and Taylor Perre was another tight one, with the final decision coming down to a tiebreaker.
Lough extended her singles winning streak, which dates back to last spring, to seven with a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Plattsburgh’s Henn in No. 2 singles.
The Union women then clinched the match when they got their fifth point of the day in a 6-3, 6-2 No. 1 singles victory over Plattsburgh’s Healy by Pronchick, who improved individually to 4-0 on the season with the victory.
The rest of the day was highlighted by the collegiate debut of Eva Blech ’19 at No. 6 singles who earned a victory in her first collegiate action by defeating Plattsburgh’s Ciriello in straight sets 6-4, 6-3.
Additionally, in No. 3 singles, Loree dropped her first set 5-7, but then bounced back to earn the come-from-behind victory, winning the next two sets 6-0 and 10-6.
Union’s Webster, No. 4 singles, and Diller, No. 5 singles, also took care of business, winning their matches 6-2, 7-5 and 6-1, 6-1, respectively.
Union’s early success is encouraging for the Dutchwomen, who have already won half as many matches this year as they did all of last year.