Women's Tennis Defeats Manhattan To Clinch Third Spot In MAAC Championships

April 7, 2009

Baltimore, Md. - Loyola women's tennis closed out the conference schedule with a 7-0 victory over Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon. Loyola (12-5, 5-2 MAAC) now holds the third seed in the upcoming Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships April 17-19 at the U.S. Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.

The Greyhounds started the meet with three wins in doubles competition. Freshman Rachel Janasek and Kerri Swan won 8-0 at No. 1, sophomores Andie Keyser-Baker and Joy Johnson won 8-1 at No. 2 and juniors Caitlin Day and Stephanie Dunn won 8-5 at No. 3 doubles.

Loyola now with the lead moved to singles play and Janasek kicked things off at the No. 1 spot. She lost the first set 3-6, but came back in the second to win 6-3. In the final 10-point tiebreaker, Janasek won 10-6 to grab the match point for the team.

No. 4 Swan also played a three-set match. She started off a bit slow, falling 1-6 to her opponent, but bounced back to win 6-1 and 6-4 in the final two sets.

The rest of the team closed the match with straight-set victories. No. 2 Day won 6-1, 6-1, No. 3 Keyser-Baker won 7-5, 6-3, No. 5 Johnson won 6-0, 6-0 and No. 6 freshman Judy Lite won 6-0, 6-0.

The women's team now faces two non-conference matches next week, first at Towson on Tuesday, April 14 at 3:15 p.m. and then back at home against Coppin State on Wednesday, April 15 at 3:00 p.m. Then the team heads to the MAAC Championships, set to start on Friday, April 17.