Tigers shine at home

By: Billy Owens, Staff Writer 

Towson earned three victories against Delaware, University of Maryland, Eastern Shore and Coppin State in the team’s home-court debut at the Towson Tennis Complex this weekend.

Towson beat Coppin State 7-0 Sunday afternoon, dropping just five games in both singles and doubles combined.

“We came out sharp,” Head Coach Doug Neagle said. “We had good energy out there.”

The Tigers swept the doubles competition, as Renate van Oorschodt and A.J. Gomer beat Ashley Milo and Carentxa Goede 6-1 at number one doubles, while Lucy Williams and Barbora Vasilkova beat Miranda Taylor and Precious Udofe 6-0. The Eagles had to default at number three doubles, giving the Tigers a 1-0 lead.

Towson continued its strong performance in singles, as number one Nicole Shakhnazarova (A Towerlight contributor) defeated Milo 6-1, 6-0, number two Lucy Gloninger defeated Goede 6-1, 6-0, and number three van Oorschodt defeated Tanna Nita 6-0, 6-0. Number four Sophie Lesage defeated Taylor 6-1, 6-0 and number five Gomer defeated Udofe 6-1, 6-0.

Coppin State had to default at number six singles, which gave Towson the shutout win.

The Tigers defeated UMES 7-0 without surrendering a game in either singles or doubles earlier Sunday.

In doubles, Williams and Jane Shusterman beat Alese Brown and DaTonya Price 6-0 at number one doubles, and Shakhnazarova and van Oorschodt beat Crystal Crook and Evelyn Chappell 6-0 at number two doubles. The Hawks had to default at number three doubles, putting the Tigers up 1-0.

In singles, Towson continued to dominate, as number one Gloninger beat Brown 6-0, 6-0, number two Williams beat Price 6-0, 6-0, number three Vasilkova beat Crook 6-0, 6-0 and number four Lesage beat Chappell 6-0, 6-0. UMES had to default at number five and number six singles, which sealed the win for Towson.

“We came out there and took care of business,” Neagle said. “We stayed sharp.”

The Tigers won 4-3 over Delaware in their final intraconference match of the season Friday afternoon.

The Blue Hens clinched the opening doubles point, as Sara Komer and Draga Sabotic beat Williams and Gloninger 6-2 at number two doubles, while Arielle Shuren and Sarah Hall beat van Oorschodt and Gomer 6-3. The Tigers earned one win, as Shakhnazarova and Vasilkova beat Amanda Studnicki and Denny LaMachia 7-5 at number one doubles.

In singles play, Towson won three singles matches in straight sets to go up 3-1 in the match.

Number one Shakhnazarova defeated Studnicki 6-4, 6-2, number five Lesage defeated Hall 6-0, 6-2, and number six van Oorschodt defeated Sabotic 6-2, 6-4. Delaware then leveled the match at 3-3, as Annie Jaskulski beat number three Vasilkova 7-5, 6-2, while Komer beat number four Gomer 6-4, 0-6, 6-4.

Coming down to a thrilling second-set tiebreaker, number two Williams beat LaMachia 6-3, 7-6 (4) to give Towson the overall victory.

“It was a good one,” Neagle said. “We knew it was going to be tight.”

The Tigers defeated Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) rival Drexel 4-3 Wednesday afternoon.

With Friday’s victory, the team has now beaten Drexel and Delaware in back-to-back matches for the second year in a row. Both wins this year came after the Tigers lost the opening doubles point.

“Before the Drexel match we were 8-8 and now we’re 12-8,” Neagle said. “We want to keep the momentum going.”

Towson sits at 12-8 on the season following this weekend’s results.

The Tigers finish out their regular season with a home matchup against Bucknell Sunday, before moving on to the CAA conference tournament the following week.

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