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Mount Holyoke Defeats Women's Tennis, 5-4, in Crucial NEWMAC Match

Erin Woodbury Springfield, Mass. -- October 12, 2010 -- The Mount Holyoke women's tennis team defeated Springfield College, 5-4, in an important New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference match this afternoon at SC's Julius Appleton Courts.

With the win, the Lyons improve to 3-6 overall, 3-4 in league play. SC falls to 3-6 overall, 1-5 in NEWMAC play.

Mount Holyoke was down for most of the day, but came back to win the final two singles matches at No. 6 singles, then at No. 2 singles to give the Lyons the win. SC led 2-1 after doubles. MHC tied it at 2-all by winning at No. 3 singles. SC's Amy Shaw won at No. 1 to again put the Pride up, 3-2.

The Lyons won at No. 5 singles to tie matters at 3-all. But sophomore Erin Woodbury (Yarmouth, Me.) won a hard-fought straight-set match with two tiebreaker wins to give SC a 4-3 advantage.

But Mount Holyoke won at No. 6 singles in a third-set. And finally, in a marathon match, senior Elise Marifian (Belleville, Ill.) prevailed over sophomore Sam Carney (Franklin, Mass.), also in a third-set in No. 2 singles, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3.

It was Senior Day at Springfield, as SC honored Kristi Maltz (Waterford, Conn.),Talya Pessolano (Springfield, Mass.), co-captain Amy Shaw (Walpole, Mass.), and co-captain Kyla Walgren (West Hartford, Conn.).

Final Score: Mount Holyoke 5, Springfield 4

Doubles
1) Amy Shaw/Kyla Walgren (SC) def. Natalie Hsiang/Sarah Moore (MHC), 8-5
2) Sam Carney/Jen Cleary (SC) def. AnnElizabeth Konkel/Kelsey Brower (MHC), 8-2
3) Elise Marifian/Maya Sayarath (MHC) def. Siana Green/Erin Woodbury (SC), 9-7

Singles
1) Amy Shaw (SC) def. Natalie Hsiang (MHC), 6-0, 6-3
2) Elise Marifian (MHC) def. Sam Carney (SC),6-3, 1-6, 6-3
3) Maya Sayarath (MHC) def. Jen Cleary (SC),6-1, 6-0
4) Erin Woodbury (SC) def. Heather Richardson (MHC), 7-6(1), 7-6(3)
5) Sarah Moore (MHC) def. Kyla Walgren (SC), 6-4, 6-0
6) AnnElizabeth Konkel (MHC) def. Vanessa Senecal (SC), 6-1, 6-7(3), 6-1

Records:
Springfield -- 3-6 overall, 1-5 NEWMAC
Mount Holyoke -- 3-6 overall, 3-4 NEWMAC

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