Lanciano, Martin Win Loyola Women's Tennis Invitational
BALTIMORE - Amanda Lanciano and Kateri Martin won the title match of the third-annual Loyola Women's Tennis Invitational on Sunday, giving a Greyhounds team the championship in each of the years the tournament has been played at the McClure Tennis Center.
Lanciano was a part of the winning team, pairing with Megan Hahn, in 2015, as well. The 2016 version of the tournament was cancelled due to weather.
In this year's final, Martin and Lanciano slipped past George Mason University's Sydney Green and Hannah Yang with a tiebreaker, 7-6 (5), in doubles to earn a crucial early point. Martin then clinched the win for Loyola with a 7-5, 6-3 victory despite the Yang getting by Lanciano, 6-2, 6-2.
The Loyola twosome won all four of their doubles matches during the tournament, and Martin was 4-0 in singles, as well. Lanciano's only singles defeat of the four rounds came in the final.
Lin Robertson and Alexandria Agee won the consolation bracket title, taking ninth-place overall. They defeated teammates Chloe Boustany and Jenna Granato, 6-0, in doubles, and Robertson was a 6-3, 6-3 winner in singles action over Boustany. Granato was credited with a win by default in her singles match against Agee who retired due to an illness.
Robertson and Agee fell in their opening-round match, but they rallied to win their final three. They were 3-1 in doubles action, and Robertson had the same record in singles.
Nicole Eberle and Julie Clark won their final match of the tournament to take 13th-place. They got by Mount St. Mary's University's Megan Smith and Emma Blake, 6-3, in doubles, and Clark was a 6-2, 6-3 winner against Blake in singles. Smith downed Eberle, 6-4, 6-0.
Eberle and Clark finished the tournament 2-2 as a pair in doubles, and each were 2-2 in singles play.
The Loyola women's team is off next weekend before continuing their schedule October 14-15, at the Patriot League Fall Kickoff Tournament hosted by Lehigh University. The Greyhounds men will be in action October 6-8 at the Mount St. Mary's Invitational.