Taking advantage of early matches

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By Tommy Schaffer

Union’s women’s tennis team has had an impressive start to their season. After finishing their season last year with a 6-8 record overall, the Dutchwomen are trying to build on the hot start they’ve already had. However, last season the Dutchwomen won five of their first seven matches before dropping the next six out of seven matches.

In the first match of the season, Union dominated Utica winning the match 9-0. Union had only lost five games total in singles and doubles during the contest. Freshman Hayley Lough, Hannah Webster, and Kate Collins earned their first career wins.

Next on the schedule was SUNY Cortland. Union did not show the same dominance as they did in the first match as they lost 6-3.

The Red Dragons swept the doubles matches in Union’s home opener. Collins, Samantha Muratori ‘14, and Emma Stein ’14 each had straight set victories as they compiled the only wins for the team.

Union came back after the loss to win another 9-0 match and improve their record to 2-1 as they dominated Hartwick. Union’s singles players all earned straight set wins during the victories.

This past weekend, Union played a much closer match as they squeaked out a 5-4 victory against SUNY Plattsburgh. The mtach was tied at 4-4 as Muratori, Collins and Webster all earned singles victories as well as Lough and Muratori wining their doubles match. The tie set up a match between Lauren Main ’14 and Plattburgh’s Stephanie Omlin that would determine the winner.  Main won the first set 6-2 only to drop the second set 2-6.  She came back strong to clinch the match for the Dutchwomen as she finished the third set with a 6-2 win.

Union hopes to keep the momentum as they get deeper into the season. They are trying to avoid the mid-season slide that changed their season last year. They take on Castleton state today at 4 p.m. in Vermont.

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