Brighton, Mass. – Emily Shuman (Needham, Mass.) was one of three double winners for Clark and the Cougar women's tennis team seems to have carried over their momentum from last season's record-setting campaign, posting a 5-4 win over Simmons College in non-league women's tennis action on Saturday afternoon.
Score: Clark University 5, Simmons College 4
Records: Clark 1-0, Simmons 0-2
Location: Daly Athletics Complex, Brighton, Mass.
How It Happened:
The Cougars' first victory over Simmons in their last 13 meetings dating back to September 7, 2001 was clinched when Adrian Horowitz (Arvada, Colo.) took down Marissa Johnson, 6-3, 6-3 in the third flight singles. It also marks the fourth time in the last five seasons in which the Scarlet and White have won their season opening match.
Isabelle Long (Bellevue, Wash.) combined with Misa Mai (Sanford, Maine) to earn an 8-2 pro-set victory at number one doubles over the Sharks rookie pair of Jessica Schroedl and Mai Driesen to put the Cougars on the board and then Long cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 victory at first singles over Schroedl to begin singles action.
The duo of Shuman and Horowitz won at second doubles, 8-3, before the hosts got on the board when Mary Matthews and Olivia Lakes outlasted the Clark duo of Anna Gates (North Scituate, R.I.) and Maggie Tarbox (Lebanon, Conn.), 9-8 (4), at third doubles.
Shuman gave Clark a 4-1 lead with a 6-3, 6-2 victory at second singles over Nickie Nguyen, before Horowitz sealed the win.
Long was a double winner with her victories, pushing her career singles record to 24-9 – all at No. 1.
Horowitz sealed the match with her singles victory but also got a win at No. 2 doubles when she teamed up with Shuman for an 8-3 win.
The Sharks' Olivia Lakes played a pair of extended matches in both singles and doubles. In her doubles matchup with Matthews against Gates and Tarbox at No. 3, they edged the Clark tandem, 9-8 (7-4). Then in her singles matchup at No. 4, she outlasted Mai, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5.
"The effort was 100 percent by everyone," said Clark head coach Dan Herbst. "They rose to the challenge physically and emotionally and without this focus we would not have been victorious."
The Cougars will return to action on Thursday, September 8 when they host Nichols College at 4:00 p.m.