This past weekend the Women’s Tennis team wrapped up their fall competition season in Baltimore at the three-day Loyola Women’s Invitational, hosted by Loyola University Maryland. The invitational was set up differently than the rest of the tournaments played throughout the fall competition. It was arranged as one giant bracket in “points of the compass” style. This tournament was also different because of its doubles format.
Players from Loyola University, George Mason University, Lafayette College and Mount St. Mary’s University were put into doubles pairs and entered into one large bracket. In order for these pairs to advance in the bracket, they would need to win two out of three matches (a doubles match, as well as each player playing a singles match against one of the opponents they faced in doubles).
On Friday, the Mount played their first round of the tournament. Sophomore Alexa Quintanilla and first year Megan Gamble had a strong start to the tournament sweeping the best of three style 3-0 against Lafayette by winning doubles with a score of 6-2, Quintanilla defeating her singles opponent 6-0, 6-2, and Gamble pulling out a win with a score of 6-7, 6-1, 10-6. The rest of the pairs would battle in the consolation side of the bracket for the rest of the invitational.
The teams played round two and three of the tournament on the second day of the invitational. Quintanilla and Gamble fell in the second round to George Mason 2-1, despite Quintanilla defeating her opponent in singles. The team was able to win their third round against Lafayette after winning their doubles match 6-4, and both winning their singles match with a score of 6-3, 6-3.
Sophomore Hannah Davis and senior Sruthi Kamprath defeated Lafayette in round two of the tournament after a doubles win of 6-0. In addition, Davis “bageled” her opponent 6-0, 6-0, while Kamprath defeated her opponent with a score of 6-1, 6-3. The two were topped by Loyola in the third round 2-1, after starting strong and beating the pair in doubles with a score of 6-2.
Junior Emma Blake and first year Megan Smith were topped by Loyola in the second round, but were able to top Lafayette in their third round. The girls topped the duo in doubles with a score of 6-2 while Smith beat her opponent 7-5, 6-0, and Blake “bageled” her opponent.
The team played their fourth and final round of the tournament on the third day. Quintanilla and Gamble took home fifth place of the tournament after falling to Lafayette with a score of 2-1. Davis and Kamprath earned eleventh place in the invitational by defeating a Lafayette duo in all three matches, 6-2 in doubles, Davis winning 6-1, 6-1, and Kamprath defeating her opponent 6-1, 6-4. Blake and Smith took home fourteenth place of the tournament after falling in a tough trio of matches against Loyola, with a score of 2-1. Senior duo Sam Barbato and Cassandra Powell placed 15th in the bracket after defeating Lafayette in doubles with a score of 6-4 and Barbato defeating her opponent 6-0, 6-0.
Next up for the women; a selected few will compete at ITA’s from October 13-16 at Virginia Tech before heading into the offseason to prepare for a tough spring season.