Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Smith Earns Important Victory Over Springfield College

Smith Tennis hosted Springfield College on Tuesday, Sept 29.  Smith edged Springfield 5-4 in an exciting match to keep their chances alive for the upcoming NEWMAC conference tournament.  The match was played on Smith's outdoor courts with one rain interruption during doubles play.

Margaret Anne Smith, once again, set the tone by singing the national anthem prior to the start of play.  She then paired up with fellow captain, Samantha Peikes, to earn the first doubles point for Smith in conference play this season.  Noa Dubin and Morgan Barney at number 2 doubles and Janan Fugel and Joanna Kim at third doubles were not so fortunate losing to the Pride 8-2 and 8-1 respectively.

Samantha Peikes

Noa Dubin made her comeback, after doubles, in her singles match assuming her aggressive baseliner style and winning over Rachel London 6-0, 6-2.  Margaret Anne and Samantha Peikes went on to earn decisive singles wins as well.  Margaret Anne made Smith tennis history as the first singles player to finish on this particular day.  Usually anchoring the singles play with her counter punching consistent style, Margaret Anne shed that reputation this day and took the lead never looking back  and winning 6-0, 6-0 at number 2 singles.  Samantha played a savvy player with many tennis "tools" but Sam had the right answers in all cases and won 6-1, 6-1.  Janan Fugel and Morgan Barney bowed to their Springfield opponents in straight sets.  Although Morgan Barney was last on the court giving her all, the limelight goes to Joanna Kim at sixth singles.  Joanna is beginning to find  her pace and style on the singles court hitting outright winners to the corners and bringing in the final win for the Pioneers.

It was an exciting day for Smith Tennis as they look forward to hosting Emerson College on Saturday, October 3.