MILTON, Mass. – The Curry College women's tennis team dropped a home contest to Clark University on Monday afternoon. In a match initially slated for Saturday, September 7, the Colonels fell by a score of 8-1. With the win, the Cougars start the year off at 1-0 while the Colonels now sit at 0-4.
Clark took a 2-1 lead after doubles, thanks to wins at first and third. Anna Gates (North Scituate, R.I.) and Eleanor Hodgkin (Manchester, Maine) beat Sophia Wiernusz (Collegeville, Pa.) and Alison Daigle (Edgartown, Mass.) at first by a score of 8-1, while Mahek Deora (Worcester, Mass.) and Zahara Shidad (Lewiston, Maine) edged out Kelsie Merrill (Hope, Maine) and Samantha Gilbert (Bedford, Mass.) 8-4 at third. Sara Johnson (Amesbury, Mass.) and Natalie Valvo (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) picked up their second doubles point of the year, outlasting the Cougar pair of Jillian Skulsky (Marshfield, Mass.) and Chloe Dunnell (Montclair, N.J.) 8-5.
The Cougars completed their victory by sweeping singles play by the following scores: At first, Hodgkin beat Wiernusz in two sets (6-3, 6-3); at second and fifth, respectively, Skulsky beat Daigle and Megan Balani (Braintree, Mass.) beat Merrill, both by scores of 7-5, 6-0; Gates topped Johnson 6-0, 6-4; Elizabeth Tchantouridze (Northfield, Vt.) beat Valvo 6-1, 6-3, and Dunnell took sixth singles over Gilbert 6-0, 6-1.
The Colonels get back to action tomorrow, as they stay home to host the Corsairs of UMass-Dartmouth at 3:30 p.m. Clark's schedule continues with another Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) opponent, as they head back to Worcester for their home opener against the Roger Williams Hawks. The non-conference match is scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m.