WTEN: ‘Nova drops two

Mary Elizabeth Donovan

The women’s tennis team lost to St. John’s on Wednesday by a final score of 4-3. It was able to win three of the singles matches against the St. John’s Red Storm but unable to come away with the win. The loss gave the ‘Cats a 6-2 overall record and gave the Red Storm a record of 7-7.

The Wildcats lost all three of the doubles spots, giving the Red Storm an initial lead of 1-0. St. John’s Alison Adamski and Nataly Tumsevica beat senior Candice Carlin and junior Ashley Reed to start the match. Soon after, sophomore Jaclyn Williamson and senior Leighann Reilly lost to Ira Aleksova and Lauren Leo, 6-8, and lastly, Villanova freshmen Courtney Reed and Carla Erksine lost the last doubles spot by a close score of 8-9.

Villanova swept the third, fourth and fifth singles spots to put the score at 3-3. Reilly, Erskine and freshman Colleen Walter won their matches to tie up the score, but St. John’s earlier wins in the doubles matches secured the win for the Red Storm.

The ‘Cats also fell short against Seton Hall on Thursday, losing a barn burner once again by the same score of 4-3. Again, it was the doubles matches that granted the Seton Hall Pirates the win. The Pirates swept the three doubles spots and got the early 1-0 lead.

The Wildcats threatened the Pirates by winning the first and second singles spots with Carlin and Williamson victorious in their respective matches. Erskine also won her match in the fourth singles. The Wildcats fought to split the singles spots for a score of 3-3, but again, it was the doubles point that gave their opponent the win 4-3 to drop ‘Nova’s record to 2-8.

Villanova rebounded to defeat Georgetown on Friday at home, 6-1. Its match against Fairfield on Sunday was cancelled due to inclement weather.