April 20, 2004
BALTIMORE, MD - Loyola's women's tennis team came close in two matches, but failed to pick up a point in losing 7-0 to local rival and regional power UMBC on Monday afternoon at the Butler Courts to close out the regular season.
Greyhounds Gina Turturiello and Claire Najour were narrowly edged in their No. 3 doubles contest by a score of 8-6 while No. 5 singles player Jessica Liberatore was actually up by one set when disaster thwarted her bid to stave off the shutout.
Liberatore cruised to a 6-0 win in Set One and forced a tie-breaker in Set Two after playing to a 6-6 score. With the tie-breaker at one game apiece, Liberatore severely sprained her ankle while playing for the third point, forcing her to forfeit the match and possibly miss this coming weekend's Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championships.
With the loss, Loyola's record drops to 14-5 on the year.
The Greyhounds return to action this Friday when they head to the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, NY for Day One of the three-day MAAC Championships. Loyola is attempting to recapture the league title they lost last year after having won four consecutive conference crowns from 1999-2002.