Feb. 5, 2018
AMHERST, Mass. - Making its second trip to the state of Massachusetts this season, the St. John’s women’s tennis team fell, 4-3, on Sunday evening to UMass at the Bay Road Tennis Club.
The Red Storm (3-2) saw its three-game win streak come to an end as the Johnnies are still in search of their first victory on the road this season.
In doubles play, Olaya Inclan Solis and Irina Preotescu started the day on the right foot for the visitors, capturing a 6-4 win from the No. 2 position. After dropping the second match from the top spot, the all-freshman duo of Kajsa Stegrell and Nina Marjanovic cemented the doubles point for the Johnnies with a 7-6 (7-0) triumph at the No. 3.
Leading 1-0 and heading into singles matches, St. John’s dropped the opening match to see the score tied at 1. Stegrell stepped up again for the Red Storm with a 6-2, 6-4 win at the No. 4 position to restore the lead.
The Minutewomen (3-2) responded with four-straight victories, including a three-set barnburner from the top position, to secure the dual-match win.
Preotescu ended the night on a high note for the Johnnies by picking up a positive decision from the No. 6 spot. The senior dropped the opening set, 6-2, before answering with a decisive, 6-0, victory to send the match to a third set. In that final set, the Romanian withstood a back-and-forth affair to hold on for the 6-4 win.
St. John’s will take a few days off before returning to the courts on Feb. 9 as the Red Storm hosts Buffalo at the National Tennis Center.
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