Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Springfield defeats Smith in hard fought match

Clair Oblamski and Eunice Zhao earned all the points at singles and doubles, but the Smith College tennis team fell 3-6 to local rival Springfield in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference action on Tuesday night.

Oblamski and Zhao first joined forces to topple the Pride's Erin Woodbury and Siana Green 8-6 at No. 3 doubles.

Zhao earned the Pioneers a point at No. 6 singles with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Vanessa Senecal, and Oblamski battled through a three set match against Kyla Walgren at No. 3 singles, winning 6-3, 5-7, 10-4. Clair's match started on the outdoor courts and finished on the indoor surface.

The No. 1 doubles pair of Gianna Teague and Jaimi Inskeep pushed their counterparts of Walgren and Amy Shaw to the limit in a 9-7 loss, while Nikki Anderson and Maggie Steiner also fell just short at No.2 doubles, falling 8-4.

Smith will be at home for the first time since September 25, playing host to Wellesley on October 9 at 1 p.m. in a NEWMAC matchup.