By: Jesse Baird, Contributing Writer
Towson opened up dual match play Thursday with a 6-1 victory on the road against Mount St. Mary’s.
The Tigers (1-0) began the match by sweeping the three doubles matches followed by winning 5 out of the 6 singles matches. The Mount’s (0-1) only point came at the third singles where Brittany Poje defeated Renate Van Oorschodt 6-4, 6-2.
“A major factor of the match was the wind,” Interim Head Coach Jamie Peterson said. “That is one condition that isn’t something you can prepare for. You just have to perform and hope it has little to no factor.”
In singles play Lucy Williams, Barbora Vasilkova, Lucy Gloninger, Yevgeniya Shusterman and Sophie Lesage all earned victories for the Tigers.
The closest match of the day came in the second singles, as Vasilkova narrowly beat Mount’s Alexa Quintanilla in each set 7-5, 7-6 (2).
In doubles play, the pairs of Williams and Gloninger, Vasilkova and Shusterman, and Van Oorschodt and Lesage all earned victories.
With former Towson Head Coach Doug Neagle taking over the Nova Southeastern program this fall, Peterson is pleased with how his team has performed through adversity this season.
“Through all that has happened these girls have been able to compete at a high level,” Peterson said. “They showed it again this week as a few girls stepped up to replace some normal starters not ready to play.”
Towson will finish off its fall schedule this weekend as they head to Virginia Tech to participate in the Hokie Invitational.
The tournament begins Friday, Oct. 28, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 30, in Blacksburg, Virginia.
“This weekend will be a good test for the team,” Peterson said. “We will see a lot of bigger schools and national talent that will get the girls ready for the tougher competition the spring season brings.”