Cougars Blanked by Holy Cross, 7-0

Cougars Blanked by Holy Cross, 7-0
WORCESTER, Mass. -- The Clark women's tennis team fought hard, but were ultimately unable to overcome a solid division 1 Holy Cross team, losing 7-0. Still, there were positive takeaways from the match, even though two matches were left unfinished due to the rain.
 
The Basics:
Score: Crusaders 7, Cougars 0
Records: Clark University (2-3) | Holy Cross (2-3)
 
How it Happened:
At #1 doubles senior captain Anna Gates (North Scituate, R.I.) and first-year Eleanor Hodgkin (Manchester, ME.) were defeated by HC's Maddie DeNucci and Sofia Papa 1-8. It should not be overlooked that both Holy Cross players were two-star recruits, and so it is impressive that Clark was able to take a game off of them. #2 doubles was a little bit closer, with CU's captain Jillian Skulsky (Marshfield, Mass.) and sophomore Mahek Deora (Worcester, Mass.) losing 3-8 to HC's Elizabeth Gibbons and Melissa Caiola. Finally, #3 doubles was also a 3-8 loss for Clark, with senior captain Chloe Dunnell (Montclair, N.J.) and first-year Megan Balani (Braintree, Mass.) losing to HC's Eleanor Fulgham and Elena Olsen. 
 
At #1 singles, Hodgkin was pitted against a very tough opponent in HC's Denucci and lost 1-6, 0-6. For #2 singles, Skulsky put up a fight against HC's Papa, and took games in both sets against the two-star, in her 1-6, 1-6 loss. At #3 singles CU's Dunnell lost a well-fought first set 3-6 and was continuing to fight down 0-3 in the second set against HC's Gibbons when the rain ended her match in a no-decision. Dunnell did a great job fighting hard enough and staying on the court long enough to force the said decision.
 
At #4 singles, first-year Nardin Sayoufi (Shelton, Conn.) got a big chance to step up, having only ever played at #6 once. After losing a well-fought first set 2-6 to HC's Caiola, Sayoufi buckled down and took a 3-2 lead in the 2nd set, when mother nature stepped in, making the courts unplayable. While this ended Sayoufi's comeback, she can take pride in the fact that she ended the day with a no-decision instead of a loss. At #5 singles, CU senior Eugenia Cojocaru (Greenfield, Mass.) made her lineup debut, fighting hard in an 0-6, 0-6 loss to HC's Fulgham. Last but not least, at #6 CU sophomore Emily Chandler (Pelham, NY.) also made her lineup debut in an 0-6, 0-6 loss to HC's Sara Schmitt.
 
Up Next:
The Clark women take the court again Thursday against Rhode Island College, hoping to bring their record back to 3-3.