SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Tough out of conference matches will help the Johnson & Wales University women's tennis team later this month when it vies for the GNAC Championship. The Wildcats almost pulled off a good win on Wednesday, but came up just short in a 5-4 loss at Springfield.
The Wildcats dropped to 10-2 overall. The Pride improved to 7-5.
Springfield took number one and three doubles, but Johnson & Wales got a key break at number two as Nina Cohen (Guatemala City, Guatemala) and Delaney Macchirole (Greenport, NY) won 8-6. Cohen tied the match at 2-2 when she won 6-1, 6-2 over Melissa Parrish at number two singles.
The Pride won at number five and six singles to recapture the lead, 4-2. The Wildcats got within a point when Morgan Thompson (Fargo, ND) beat Rachel London 6-3, 6-4 at number one. Unfortunately, Springfield captured the deciding point with a victory at number four. Freshman Luiza Silva Simoes (Cuiaba, Brazil) rounded out the match with a 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 win at number three over Rebecca Link.
JWU plays its final regular season home match on Saturday when it hosts Anna Mara at 6 p.m. The match will be played at Centre Court in Riverside.
Springfield College 5, Johnson & Wales 4
1. Morgan Thompson (JWU) def. Rachel London (SPR) 6-3, 6-4
2. Nina Cohen (JWU) def. Melissa Parrish (SPR) 6-1, 6-2
3. Luiza Silva Simoes (JWU) def. Rebecca Link (SPR) 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
4. Rachel Litchfield (SPR) def. Taylor Klein (JWU) 7-5, 6-4
5. Emily Etter (SPR) def. Lauren Torre (JWU) 6-3, 6-4
6. Cara Freadman (SPR) def. Madison Hernandez (JWU) 6-2, 6-4
1. Rachel London/Melissa Parrish (SPR) def. Luiza Silva Simoes/Morgan Thompson (JWU) 8-2
2. Nina Cohen/Delaney Macchirole (JWU) def. Nicole Piazza/Rachel Litchfield (SPR) 8-6
3. Cara Freadman/Rebecca Link (SPR) def. Holly Olson/Ashley Hartford (JWU) 8-0
Order of Finish: Doubles (3,1,2) Singles: (2,5,6,1,4,3)