Women’s Tennis Falls at Saint Mary’s, 4-3
April 14, 2018
MORAGA, Calif. — Gonzaga women’s tennis suffered a tough 4-3 loss on Saturday afternoon at Saint Mary’s in Moraga, Calif.
GU (14-6, 5-2) battled from behind all day, and were on the brink of both the doubles point and the match, but weren’t able to get the crucial points to push them over the edge against Saint Mary’s (11-7, 5-2).
“Today was a tough loss,” head coach D.J. Gurule said. “Saint Mary’s played well and we were unable to mentally overcome our mistakes. We will learn from this and look ahead to our next match at Pacific tomorrow.”
The Zags battled in doubles play after dropping the match on No. 2 with a win on No. 3 by Nevada Apollo and Ashleigh Jacobs, 6-4. The deciding match on No. 1 between GU’s 29th-ranked pair of Sophie Whittle and Graciela Rosas and the Gaels’ 43rd-ranked pair of Mariia Kozyreva and Hind Abdelouahid went to a tiebreak which SMC won 7-6(1).
In singles, Whittle got the Zags off to a good start with a 6-3, 6-1 win on No. 1, but GU dropped the first set on the five remaining courts, leaving themselves fighting back. The Zags won four of the five second sets, but needed to win three of those four third sets to win the match.
Rosas got the second point for Gonzaga with her 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory, but Saint Mary’s picked up two more wins, one in two sets on No. 5 and one in three sets on No. 4. Gonzaga’s Kate Ketels then pulled the score even with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 win on No. 6 before the Gaels took the three-set win on No. 2 to win the match.
Gonzaga will travel up the road tomorrow to face Pacific in the final road match of the regular season at 11 a.m. in Stockton, Calif.
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