WTEN: Cougars Downed by Pride, 8-1

WTEN: Cougars Downed by Pride, 8-1

WORCESTER, Mass. – Clark University women's tennis were downed in a non-conference matchup Thursday as the Regis Pride used an experienced lineup to rise to an 8-1 victory at the Corash Tennis Courts.

The Basics:

Score: Pride 8, Cougars 1

Records: Clark University (2-5) | Regis College (6-2)

How it Happened:

At #1 doubles senior captain Anna Gates (North Scituate, R.I.) and first-year Eleanor Hodgkin (Manchester, ME.) fell to Regis' Ariana McCormack and Carly Donovan 1-8.

At #2 doubles the Cougars showed fight as junior captain Jillian Skulsky (Marshfield, Mass.) and junior Elizabeth Tchantouridze (Northfield, VT.) fell in an 8-5 set to Ginger Boodakian and Katelyn Mogelnicki. The Clark duo forced several long deuce games and fought hard for nearly an hour before finally falling.

The third and final doubles match was also hard-fought, with Clark's first-year duo of Megan Balani (Braintree, Mass.) and Nardin Sayoufi (Shelton, Conn.) defeated, 8-4, by Regis' Kaitlyn Colby and Lauren Mogelnicki. In their first pairing together Balani and Sayoufi battled hard against the more seasoned pair, and ultimately had a lot of positive takeaways from the match.

Hodgkin battled with some long rallies at #1 singles to Regis' Donavon, falling in 6-0, 6-2 set scores. At #2 singles, Skulsky showcased an impressive serve before being defeated by McCormack, 6-2, 6-0. Gates was able to win a game in both sets at #3 singles but was unable to get past K. Mogelnicki as the sophomore picked up a 6-1, 6-1 victory. #4 singles had two close sets, with Tchandouridze evening up 3-3 at one point in the second set, before eventually falling 3-6, 4-6.

The Cougars grabbed their lone point of the day at #5 singles with Balani winning the first set 6-1, before falling 6-1 in the second. In the third set tiebreaker, Balani was able to regain her confidence and momentum with a 10-7 win to improve her singles record to 4-0 on the year.

Junior Zahara Shidad (Lewiston, ME.) lost 6-3, 1-6 at #6 singles to Regis' Kaeleigh FitzPatrick, but did not go down without a fight, putting many balls in play, and forcing many long rallies.

Up Next:

Clark University heads into the final stretch of the fall season as the Cougars will visit Bridgewater State on October 10 for a 3:00 pm non-conference match.