Tennis shines at Navy invite

By: Cody Botieler, Senior Editor 

The Towson women’s tennis team won three singles finals and two doubles finals on the last day of the Naval Academy’s Bill & Sandra Moore Invitational on Sunday. 

The invitational included Binghamton, Fairleigh Dickinson, James Madison, Lehigh, Loyola, Monmouth, Navy, NJIT, Towson and St. Bonaventure. 

The Tigers opened their season at the Cornell Invitational last week, where Lucy Gloninger, a freshman, won the D singles consolation finals.

On the third day of the Bill and Sandra Moore Invitational, Gloninger won over Navy’s Isabel Balsavage 6-4, 6-2 in the D Flight finals.

Head Coach Dough Neagle said that Gloninger had “a great weekend and had a very good attitude,” according to towsontigers.com.

Sophomore Nicole Shakhnazarova won the consolation finals for the A Flight over Navy’s Amanda Keller, 8-5.

Sophomore Yevgeniya Shusterman beat Sophie Lesage, also of Towson, 8-5 in the C Flight finals.

In doubles play, Shakhnazarova and sophomore Barbora Vasilkova beat out Navy’s Sam Droop and Catalina Rico 6-3 in the A Flight.

Gloninger and Lesage won the B Flight Doubles, 6-2, over Binghamton’s Agatha Ambrozy and Olga Otrovetsky.

On Friday, the first day of the invitational, the Tigers advanced five singles players and three doubles teams to the second day.

On day two, Shakhnazarova and Vasilkova defeated Navy’s Logan Antill and Katie Porter in the quarterfinals, 7-5. They won in the semifinals, 6-3, over St. Bonaventure’s Mara Martinez-Santori and Gabriella Bowe.

Gloninger and Lesage defeated NJIT’s Natalija Taslovic and Alba Rosas Garcia in the quarterfinals, 6-3, and beat Fairleigh Dickinson’s Shreya Pasricha and Alex Bryant 6-3 in the semifinals.

Shakhnazarova defeated NJIT’s Nathalie Habegger 8-4, Binghamton’s Sara Kohtz 8-0 and Lehigh’s Grace Lin 8-4 to reach her match against Keller.

Gloninger advanced to the finals for the D Flight with victories over NJIT’s Natalija Tasovac and then Navy’s Audry Channell.

The Tigers will next head to Virginia Tech for the Hokie Invitational from Sept. 25-27 and then wrap up their fall schedule at the ITA/USTA Atlantic Regionals from Oct. 15-20.

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