Women's Tennis Starts Season With Road Victory

Women's Tennis Starts Season With Road Victory

THE LEAD:

Clark Women's Tennis started their season off with a great team win, taking down Curry College 8-1 on the road. The well balanced Clark team won two of three doubles matches and carried their momentum over to singles where they swept all six matches. 

MATCH RECAP:

At #1 doubles, Clark's Anna Gates (North Scituate, RI) and first year partner Eleanor Hodgkin (Manchester, ME) overpowered Curry's pair of Sophia Wiernusz and Alison Daigle to win 8-1.

At #2 doubles, Curry got their only win of the match when their duo of Sara Johnson and Natalie Valvo defeated Clark captains Chloe Dunnell (Montclair, NJ) and Jillian Skulsky (Marshfield, MA) 8-5.

Clark won #3 doubles 8-4, with the duo of junior Zahara Shidad (Lewiston, ME) and sophomore Mahek Deora (Worcester, MA) picking up the victory. After initially going down 4-1, the Clark pair came back and won the next seven games.

In #1 singles, Clark's Hodgkin was victorious in her first career college match. She defeated Wiernusz of Curry 6-3, 6-3. Hodgkin's powerful serve and return game were on point in her singles match.

Captain Skulsky got the victory at #2 singles 7-5, 6-0. After going down 5-3 in the first set, Skulsky dug deep, used her strong forehand shots, and won the final ten games of the match in emphatic fashion.

At #3 singles, Gates shut out Johnson of Curry in the first set and used her momentum to win the match 6-0, 6-4. Gates was consistent and smooth with her shots all match long.

Junior Elizabeth Tchantouridze (Northfield, VT) started off her season on the right foot at #4 singles with a big win over Curry's Valvo 6-1, 6-3.

At #5 singles, Clark's first year player Megan Balani (Braintree, MA) had a great comeback victory. After going down 5-1 in her first set, Balani refused to give up the set, and won the next twelve games for a 7-5, 6-0 final. Balani's awesome backhand slice was the key difference maker down the stretch.

Finally, at #6 singles, Clark's Dunnell got the win against Curry's Gilbert 6-0, 6-1. Dunnell was extremely effective the whole match and was the first singles player to win her match on the day.

When asked about her thoughts on the first win of the year, Captain Anna Gates responded, "Everybody brought their A game today! The first years were instrumental in our win and third doubles, second singles, and fifth singles came back from huge deficits to win the match for us."

UP NEXT: 

Clark will attempt to carry their momentum into their home opener Thursday afternoon at 4pm against Roger Williams at Corash Tennis Courts.