Women's Tennis Defeats MAAC Foes Siena And Marist Over The Weekend

April 5, 2009

The Loyola women opened the weekend with a 4-3 victory of Siena College on Saturday evening. The team went 1-for-3 in doubles action, but fought with four victories in singles.

Juniors Caitlyn Day and Stephanie Dunn grabbed the Hounds only doubles win, defeating their opponents 8-4 at No. 3 doubles. Freshman Rachel Janasek and junior Kerri Swan lost 8-1 at No. 1 doubles and sophomores Andie Keyser-Baker and Joy Johnson lost 8-4 at NO. 3 doubles.

Loyola had three singles matches decided in straight sets, starting with No. 4 Swan (6-3, 6-1), No. 5 Johnson (6-2, 6-2) and No. 6 freshman Judy Lite (6-2, 6-1).

The match finally landed in the hands of Keyser-Baker, who played over two hours to win at No. 3 singles. She won the first set 7-6 after a 7-5 win in the tie-breaker and then turned around to win the second set 7-6 after a 7-4 tiebreaker victory.

The men's team finished with a 5-2 victory over the Saints on Saturday night. The Greyhounds took the doubles point after victories at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles. Freshmen Keyan Sanai and J. Pierce Norton won 8-3 at the top spot and sophomores Dan D'Agostino and Jamie Russo won 8-3 at the three position. Junior co-captains Matt McDaniel and Tim Koch lost 8-6 at No. 2 doubles.

Singles winners included Norton at No. 2 (6-2, 6-1), McDaniel at No. 3 (6-1, 6-2), D'Agostino at No. 4 (6-4, 6-4) and Russo at No. 5 (6-3, 3-6, 6-3). Sanai fell at No. 1 in a tough three-set match. He won 7-6 (7-5 tiebreaker victory) in the first set, fell 6-4 in the second set, and finally fell 10-7 in a 10-point tiebreaker third set. Sophomore Rob Mattison lost at No. 6 singles (4-6, 4-6).

On Sunday, the women's team defeated Marist College 7-0 and kicked things off with a sweep in doubles. Janasek and Swan won at No. 1 doubles 9-8 after winning a 7-3 tiebreaker, Keyser-Baker and Johnson won at No. 2 with an 8-4 score and Day and Dunn finished with an 8-0 victory at No. 3.

Loyola also swept all singles matches with straight-set victories in the top five positions and a three-set win at the sixth spot. Janasek at No. 1 (6-3, 6-4), Day at No. 2 (6-2, 6-0), Keyser-Baker at No. 3 (6-3, 6-3), Swan at No. 4 (6-0, 6-3) and Johnson at No. 5 (6-3, 6-4). Lite defeated her opponent at No. 6 singles in three sets (2-6, 6-2, 6-3).

The men's team did not find the same success at the courts at Marist and fell to the Red Foxes, 7-0.

The teams now prepare for Coppin State on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. The women's team will also face MAAC foe Manhattan for a make-up match on Tuesday.