BALTIMORE, Md. This past weekend, the Mount St. Mary’s University Women’s Tennis Team traveled to Towson University to compete in the Tiger Fall Classic for a series of mini-dual matches throughout the weekend. The tournament was set up in a mini-dual match format meaning that throughout the weekend, the team would play one team at a time, like a match in the regular season, but without as many full matches. During each match there would be one doubles match and four singles matches, all playing for best two out of three sets, with a third set tiebreaker if needed.
The women started their weekend on Friday by playing Morgan State University. Sophomore Alexa Quintanilla was able to earn one point for the team by claiming the match on court one with a score of 6-1, 2-6 (2-1) before the player defaulted. The Mount eventually fell to Morgan State with a score of 4-1.
The Mount headed back the next morning to face Towson in a mini-dual match. Quintanilla again took home a point for the Mount by winning her match in a third set tiebreaker with a score of 3-6, 6-0 (10-5). Earning another point for the Mount was the doubles team of junior Emma Blake and senior Sruthi Kamprath who defeated Towson 6-2, 3-6 (10-6).
Day three of the invitational closed out the weekend with two matches. The Mount faced St. Joseph’s University for the first match of the day, falling a devastating 3-2. Quintanilla once again was able to clutch her match on the first court after losing the first set 3-6, then coming back to win the second set 7-5, and the third set tiebreaker with a score of 10-5. Sophomore Hannah Davis and first-year Megan Smith were able to clutch the second point of the match in doubles, defeating their opponents in straight sets 6-2, 6-1.
To round out the invitational, Mount faced another Baltimore school, Loyola University. Starting off the match strong, Quintanilla and first-year Meghan Gamble grasped the first point of the match in doubles with a score of 6-2, 6-1. The match proved to be a close one with three out of four of the singles matches going to third set tiebreakers. Both Blake and Smith fought throughout the entirety of their matches after both losing the first set, but battling back to win the second and ultimately falling in the third set tiebreaker. Davis was able to clutch another point for the Mount during her match after winning the first set 6-4, falling in the second 4-6, and coming back to clutch the tiebreaker with a score of 10-6.
The Mount women return to their home courts for the Mount Invitational this weekend, from Sept. 22 until Sept. 24.