This past weekend the Mount St. Mary’s University Women’s Tennis team made their debut at home during the Mount Invitational. The Mount hosted George Mason University, Hartford Community College, Loyola University and Siena College. The invitational was set up in flights and brackets for both doubles and singles and organized so that every bracket was played out to determine places within each bracket.
Day one of the invitational hosted a first round of singles and doubles for the teams. The Mount had four women who managed to stay in the main draw after the first round of singles play. Alexa Quintanilla was able to advance to the quarterfinals of flight A by a forfeit due to illness. Megan Smith, in flight B, advanced to quarterfinals after her first collegiate win, defeating Loyola in a third set tiebreaker with a score of 6-3, 3-6, 10-8. Junior, Emma Blake earned her spot in the quarterfinals of flight D after defeating Siena in a third set tiebreaker 6-4, 4-6, 10-5. Finally, Samantha Barbato was able to advance to the quarterfinals of flight E after recording a 6-2, 7-5 win over Hartford. In doubles play, Barbato and Cassandra Powell defeated Hartford in a quick match with a score of 6-2 in flight C.
Day two was the longest day of the invitational with the competitors playing out two rounds of doubles and one round of singles in their respective flights. Quintanilla and Megan Gamble edged over their opponents from George Mason with a score of 6-4 to make it to the consolation final of flight A doubles. Hannah Davis and Smith defeated Loyola in flight A doubles with a score of 6-3 to make it to the finals to play teammates, Quintanilla and Gamble, before ultimately falling to the pair. In flight B of doubles, Blake and Sruthi Kamprath were able to register a pair of wins to win the consolation side of their flight after defeating Siena 6-3 and Loyola 6-0. Finally, senior duo Barbato and Powell were able to win their first match of the day against a merged Loyola/Siena duo with a score of 7-5, but fell to George Mason after to finish with a 2-1 record in doubles for the invitational.
The final day of the invitational wrapped up with singles play, where both Quintanilla and Blake won third place in flight A and flight D. Quintanilla registered her win in a grueling match against Siena with a score of 6-2, 6-7(5), 10-7. Blake, in similar fashion, was able to defeat Loyola in another long match with a score of 4-6, 6-3. 11-9. Smith and Barbato fought hard in their matches, but weren’t able to pull out a win and ended up recording fourth place in their flights. Davis, Kamprath, and Gamble all recorded wins in their third round of singles play, earning seventh place in their flights. Davis won by a default against George Mason, Kamprath recorded a 7-5, 6-4 win over George Mason in flight B, and Gamble topped Loyola 5-1 (Ret.) in flight C.
The women will round out their fall season by traveling to Baltimore next weekend to play in the Loyola Women’s Invitational.