On March 18-19, Mercyhurst Lakers women’s tennis team won both of its competitions against Roberts Wesleyan College and Niagara University.
The Lakers, who are ranked 44th nationally for Division II, played at Pennbriar and Westwood Racquet Clubs in Erie against their opponents.
Against Roberts Wesleyan College of Rochester, New York, the Lakers took all scoring for the day, pulling off a 9-0 victory. Doubles saw victories for each of the Lakers’ pairs.
“If you come out in the doubles and play well, it usually carries over into singles,”Coach Jerome Simon said.
Kayla Frost and Adrianna Jeffress beat their opponents 8-4, followed by Annie Baich and Saioa Gomez de Segura (8-2) and Adina Spahalic and Alexia Nay (8-4).
Frost and Jeffress and Baich and Gomez de Segura are the second and third ranked teams in the Atlantic Regional. Singles were also a sweep with Gomez de Segura (6-1, 6-2), Frost (6-2, 6-1), Mantecon Duro (6-0, 6-2), Nay (6-0, 6-1), Spahalic (6-0, 6-1) and Baich (6-0, 6-3) each taking victories against their Roberts Wesleyan counterparts.
The Lakers were similarly successful against Niagara University, beating them 8-1.
“We came out, we swept the doubles again, and there were some very, very close singles matches… but the girls are really playing well,” Coach Simon stated about the victory.
Doubles wins came from Frost and Jeffress (8-3), Baich and Gomez de Segura (8-0) and Spahalic and Nay (8-2). Wins in singles came from Gomez de Segura (6-0, 6-2), Frost (0-6, 6-2, 6-4), Nay (3-6, 6-3, 1-0 [10-5]), Baich (7-6 [7-5], 6-2) and Spahalic (6-0, 6-0).
The Lakers come off the weekend improving to 6-1 for the season. Currently the team is on a five-win streak.
“Doubles is so critical to college tennis,” said Coach Simon. Doubles, according to Coach Simon, give a good momentum to the team going into the singles matches.
Their next match will be on Wednesday in Olean, New York against St. Bonaventure University.
“We’ve never beat St. Bonaventure,” said Coach Simon. “It’s a good test for us, they’re Division I. We’ll see what we can do.”