Story first appeared in the April 9, 2015 edition of the Edinboro University Spectator, which was distributed on campus and around the town of Edinboro.
Although the women’s tennis team’s season began back in the fall semester, it didn’t play its first PSAC matches until last week due to weather postponements.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t the best start to the conference slate for the ladies.
The Scots fell in both of their matches against PSAC foes last week. Boro dropped a 9-0 match to #12 California (Pa.) on April 1 and fell in a close 5-4 decision to Slippery Rock on April 2.
The Vulcans presented a tough matchup for Edinboro (5-8, 0-2 PSAC) as a unit and also individually, as well. However, Boro’s Julia Hellstern battled Cal (Pa.)’s Kiefer Shaw, who is the 23rd ranked women’s singles player in the ITA national rankings, and held her own, falling 6-2, 7-6.
“I thought we didn’t play as well as we could,” head coach Lee Underwood said about the match. “I thought Julia Hellstern did a really nice job. She had done well in the second set, pushing the girl to a tiebreaker. If she had come out of that, they would have had a ‘superbreaker’ for the match. I thought she played well.”
Edinboro saw more individual success against SRU, unfortunately not enough to secure a team victory.
The Scots secured two doubles wins, one of which came by default due to an injury for Slippery Rock. However, the ladies could only muster two wins in singles, at four and five, allowing SRU to earn the win.
“We went into singles thinking we could win and to be honest, our number two and number six players did not play to the best of their abilities,” Underwood said.
“It just really hurts us. We won in straight sets in five singles and at four singles, Ry’Anne [Baldwin] fought really hard…their girls got some big points and we didn’t and that turned out to be the difference. Our number two and number six didn’t put any pressure on them and it was sad to see with everyone else really rolling that day.”
The women’s squad lost three of its last four and only has five matches left before the postseason, but Underwood isn’t too worried.
“A number of teams dropped us off their schedule,” he said in a phone interview Saturday afternoon. “We didn’t play a lot of matches in the fall that we would have won because of that. Slippery Rock is in the same boat as us. They are right at .500 and you have to be .500 to make NCAAs. They are seventh right now, but they have some tough matches coming down the line and it is really that tight…and that is what happens when you play in such a tough league, you are going to get beat up some.”
The ladies hosted Mercyhurst on Tuesday and visited Clarion on Wednesday, after deadline for this issue, before visiting Seton Hill on Friday and hosting Roberts Wesleyan on April 13 at 3 p.m.
#12 Cal (Pa.) (4-2, 1-0 PSAC) 9
Edinboro (5-7, 0-1) 0
1. Kiefer Shaw (CAL) def. Julia Hellstern (EDIN-W) 6-2, 7-6
2. Lena Dimmer (CAL) def. Oranza Carrillo (EDIN-W) 6-2, 6-3
3. Alice Johns (CAL) def. Marija Tmusic (EDIN-W) 6-1, 6-0
4. Veronika Mikulis (CAL) def. RyAnne’ Baldwin (EDIN-W) 6-1, 6-1
5. Mariela Sarinana (CAL) def. Katie Allan (EDIN-W) 6-1, 6-0
6. Katie Olson (CAL) def. Nevena Kulina (EDIN-W) 6-1, 6-0
1. Shaw/Burrell (CAL) def. Carrillo/Allan (EDIN-W) 8-1
2. Czakon/Sarinana (CAL) def. Baldwin/Tmusic (EDIN-W) 8-1
3. Dimmer/Mikulis (CAL) def. Hellstern/Browne (EDIN-W) 8-3
Slippery Rock (7-7, 1-2 PSAC) 5
Edinboro (5-8, 0-2 PSAC) 4
1. Carla Corrochano (ROCK) def. Julia Hellstern (EDIN-W) 6-7, 6-2, 6-2
2. Nina Barbano (ROCK) def. Oranza Carrillo (EDIN-W) 6-1, 6-2
3. Ana Petrovic (ROCK) def. Marija Tmusic (EDIN-W) 6-3, 6-4
4. RyAnne’ Baldwin (EDIN-W) def. Stephanie Fortier (SRU) 3-6, 6-2, 7-5
5. Katie Allan (EDIN-W) def. Emily Munson (ROCK) 6-2, 6-2
6. Kylee Woodman (ROCK) def. Nevena Kulina (EDIN-W) 6-1, 6-2
1. Corrochano/Barbano (ROCK) def. Carrillo/Allan (EDIN-W) 8-5
2. Baldwin/Tmusic (EDIN-W) def. Petrovic/Gallagher (ROCK), by default
3. Hellstern/Browne (EDIN-W) def. Fortier/Woodman (ROCK) 8-6