By: Billy Owens, Staff Writer
Towson earned its first conference win of the season with a comprehensive 7-0 victory over Hofstra at the Hofstra Outdoor Tennis Center in Hempstead, New York, Saturday morning.
The Tigers (8-6, 1-3) came into the match with a 0-3 record against Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) opponents this season, with losses against James Madison, College of Charleston and UNC Wilmington.
“On any given day, anybody can win in our conference,” Head Coach Doug Neagle said. “We were focused on being mentally and physically tougher.”
Towson opened play with a victory in the doubles competition.
The number one doubles team of Lucy Williams and Lucy Gloninger defeated Sarah Bowen and Carmen Pestano 6-3, while the number two doubles team of Nicole Shakhnazarova and Barbora Vasilkova defeated Michal Kaplan and Sarah Catherine Herndon 6-1.
Hofstra’s only victory of the dual match was a 7-6 (5) win by Disha Yellayi and Giulia Leone over the number three doubles team of Renate van Oorschodt and A.J. Gomer.
“One and two doubles made a big statement,” Neagle said. “They set the tone for the entire match.”
Towson swept all six matches in the singles competition, which included four three-set wins and two comeback wins from a set down.
Number one Shakhnazarova beat Bowen 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-4 and number two Williams beat Kaplan 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (8), while number three Vasilkova beat Herndon 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 and number four Gomer beat Pestano 6-1, 6-1.
Number five Gloninger defeated Yellayi 6-2, 6-1 and number six van Oorschodt defeated Leone 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-3.
“We had a lot more positive energy the entire match,” Neagle said. “If we stick with this, we can beat a lot of teams.”
The Tigers improve to 8-6 on the season following Saturday’s victory, while Hofstra falls to 7-3, ending a three-match win streak.
Next weekend, Towson will visit Harrisonville, Virginia, for a pair of neutral site matchups against Davidson College Saturday afternoon and conference rival Elon Sunday morning.
Following its matches against Davidson College and Elon in Harrisonville, Virginia, Towson will face CAA opponenet Drexel before returning home to play rival Delaware.