March 25, 2004
BALTIMORE, MD - Loyola's women's tennis team won the doubles point and three singles matches to secure the necessary four points for a 4-2 win over Mary Washington before the match was called due to darkness on Wednesday afternoon at the Greyhounds' Butler Courts.
The third senior on the Greyhound roster, Gina Turturiello, and junior Claire Najour won at No. 3 doubles by a score of 8-4 to nail down the doubles point for Loyola, allowing the 'Hounds to head to singles competition ahead by one point.
After Russo's win at the No. 2 slot, sophomore Amy Nitch came through with a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 3 singles to give Loyola a 3-2 advantage. With darkness falling and the match in jeopardy of being called incomplete, sophomore Jessica Liberatore, who won the first set of her No. 5 singles match 6-1, found herself in a Set Two tie at 5-5. Liberatore prevented her match from going to a third set and being called off as she won two consecutive games -- the two most important of the day -- to triumph 7-5 and clinch the fourth point and the victory for the Greyhounds.
Najour won the first set of her No. 6 singles match 6-2, lost the second set 3-6, and was tied in the third set 4-4 when the contest was called due to darkness.
However, after already having won the deciding fourth point, Loyola was credited with the win to improve its record to 9-2 on the year.
The Greyhound women return to action when they enter the thick of their Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) schedule as they begin a weekend-long road trip starting off with Manhattan in Riverdale, NY on Friday at 3 p.m.
Ashley Tucker (MWC) def. Carolyn Pilkington 6-3, 6-1
Kaitlin Russo (Loyola) def. Kim Colwell 6-1, 6-0
Gayle Smith (MWC) def. Gina Turturiello 6-2, 6-4
Amy Nitch (Loyola) def. Lindsay McMahon 6-3, 6-2
Jessica Liberatore (Loyola) def. Karli Schneider 6-1, 7-5
Claire Najour vs. Emily Brimer 6-3, 3-6, 4-4 DNF