PHILADELPHIA, Pa. –
The Temple women's tennis team wrapped up the weekend with a home victory against the Binghamton Bearcats, 4-3, on Sunday morning at Arthur Ashe Tennis Center.
In doubles play, the freshman team of Alicia Doms
and Yana Mavrina
got things started with an 8-6 victory after being down 5-2 at one point. They were followed by seniors Theresa Stangl
and Christine Clerment, who secured the doubles point by winning 8-6 at second doubles. In first doubles, Lucie Pazderova
and Elyse Steiner
fell in a tiebreaker to Binghamton's Anna Eldemen and Marina Bykovskaya, 9-8 (2). The Binghamton pair is the seventh ranked doubles team in the Northeast region.
The Owls kept things rolling in singles play with junior Mellana Cramer
winning 6-4, 6-2 at sixth singles. Stangl would follow with a loss at second singles to Jillian Santos, ranked 20th in the Northeast region, 6-2, 6-1. With the score now at 2-1 in Temple's favor, Mavrina took an impressive victory at third singles over Binghamton's Yulia Smirnova, 6-4, 6-3. BU got back within one when Edelman, the number two player in her region, defeated Steiner due to retirement. Steiner had taken the first set, 6-3, before Edelman won the second 6-0 and was leading 1-0 when Steiner retired.
Doms would secure the match with a win at fourth singles, 6-4, 6-2, over Bykovskaya. With the match decided, the remaining competition was between Pazederova and the Bearcats' Emma Leibowicz. Despite taking the first set 6-3, Pazderova would go on to lose the second and third sets 6-3.
The Owls improve to 4-3 on the season. They will continue play February 26, when they host the Ivy League's Columbia at 5 p.m. at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Center.