(West Point, NY). UAlbany started in a deep hole, down three of their starters and having to give away two matches due to lack of players to put in the lineup. Still they came close to taking this match, much closer than the final score, 6-1, would indicate. Rocio Lopez continued her unbeaten streak in singles with a straight sets win at #1. And the freshman duo of Mireille Hermans-Cat Crummey played perhaps their best doubles of the young season, winning 8-6 at #2 doubles.
UA very nearly won two more points: #1 doubles and #2 singles, which had they done so, would have put them only one match from victory…an amazing feat considering everybody was playing up one to three spots higher in the lineup than they normally would play. At #1 doubles the newly-formed team of Lopez and Sarah Iannone battled gamely against a tough team. Down 7-4, they came back to 7-6. But the Quinnipiac team managed to hold on to close out the match and get the doubles point with two consecutive net cord winners; a highly improbable feat. The other match that got away from the Danes was Hermans’
singles match at #2. Clearly the better player, Hermans led 6-3, 5-2 when her opponent started her charge. Still the Dutch freshman got to match point at 5-4 and actually won that point, but generously did not call her opponent’s shot ‘out’ on the baseline, a shot that was a good 3-4″ long.
Next up for the Danes is a few days of practice and getting healthy in preparation for a couple of strong opponents on the road next weekend. They travel to Dartmouth to take on a good Ivy League opponent on Saturday, then the next day play Fordham, a team that we felt we could have beaten last year.
On the health front, things are looking up for the Danes. Co-captain Kirsten Scott is poised to get back on the courts, as is Irene Santos. And sophomore Cheryl Kukkonen, on the shelf for a month with a broken left wrist, may be ready to start testing things out with a new cast.
Coach Graham: “This was a tough position for us, to be short so many players that we actually had to give away matches and have players playing much higher than usual. But it was a good learning experience that will make us tougher in the future. Rocio continues to play her exciting all-court game… and WIN! Mireille is on the verge of breaking through in singles, and she and Cat took a big step forward in doubles today. Sarah jumped from #3 doubles into the #1 doubles spot and played well. And we kept spirits high! We are going to start adding players back into the lineup and we’ll be fine.”
UALBANY 1 QUINNIPIAC 6
1. Cantor-Viebrock (Q) def. Lopez-Iannone (UA) 8-6*
2. Hermans-Crummey (UA) def. Chupa-Laurie (Q) 8-6
3. Dassa-Suvna (Q) won by default
Order of finish: 3,2,1
*Clinched doubles point.
1. Rocio Lopez (UA) def. Rachel Cantor (Q) 6-4, 6-3
2. Sarah Viebrock (Q) def. Mireille Hermans (UA) 3-6,7-6(6), 1-0(3)
3. Michelle Dassa (Q) def. Cat Crummey (UA) 6-0,6-1
4. Mary Chupa (Q) def. Sarah Iannone (UA) 6-3.6-2
5. Ariana Laurie (Q) def. Fran White (UA) 6-0.6-0$
6. Erin Suvna (Q) won by default
Order of finish: 6,3,5,4,1,2
$Clinched match for Quinnipiac.
UALBANY Records: 2-2 (overall); 0-0 (AmericaEast)
Next matches: Sat., Feb. 23, 3:00 p.m. at Dartmouth
Sun., Feb. 24, 9:00 a.m. vs. Fordham @ Dartmouth
Next home match: Sun., March 3, 1:00 p.m. vs. RHODE ISLAND at Sportime in Schenectady