After almost a week off the court, the Temple women's tennis team completed a strong performance as they defeated Quinnipiac, 5-2 on Saturday night.
"The women were a little slow in doubles but were able to bounce back in singles," said head coach Steve Mauro
. "This was a good win for them today. They've been practicing really hard and I'm happy to see that it's all paying off on the court."
Quinnipiac jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after taking the doubles point. The Owls' Minami Okajima
and Mariana Bedon
defeated the Bobcats' Adrian Young and Kelsi Oliphant, 6-3 at the third flight, but Sophia Dzulynsky and Sitilia Rencheli pulled out a 6-4 win over Yana Khon
and Monet Stuckey-Willis
, 6-4 at the second flight. Rachel Horton and Proyfon Lohaphaisan helped clinch the point with a 7-6 (1) win at the first flight over Alina Abdurakhimova
and Anais Nussaume
Singles play saw a spark from the Owls, as they went on to win five of their six matches. Abdurakhimova helped to put Temple on the board with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Dzulynsky at the first flight, while Stuckey-Willis defeated Rencheli, 6-2, 6-2 at the second flight.
Okajima gave the Owls a 3-1 advantage over the Bobcats after she picked up a 6-1, 6-3 victory at the fourth flight over Jennifer Lu. However, Quinnipiac would tighten up the score to 3-2 after Horton defeated Nussaume, 0-6, 6-4, 7-5 at the second flight. Khon helped wrap things up for the Owls with a 6-3, 6-2 win at the fifth flight over Alexandra Mircea.
The Owls will head out on the road to face UT-Arlington on March 3. Temple 5, Quinnipiac 2Doubles:
1) Rachel Horton/Proyfon Lohaphaisan (Quinnipiac) def. Alina Abdurakhimova
(Temple), 7-6 (1)
2) Sophia Dzulynsky/Sitilia Rencheli (Quinnipiac) def. Yana Khon
3) Minami Okajima
(Temple) def. Adrian Young/Kelsi Oliphant (Quinnipiac), 6-3 Singles:
1) Alina Abdurakhimova
(Temple) def. Sophia Dzulynsky (Quinnipiac), 6-2, 6-2
2) Rachel Horton (Quinnipiac) def. Anais Nussaume
(Temple), 0-6, 6-4, 7-5
3) Monet Stuckey-Willis
(Temple) def. Sitilia Rencheli (Quinnipiac), 6-2, 6-2
4) Minami Okajima
(Temple) def. Jennifer Lu (Quinnipiac), 6-1, 6-3
5) Yana Khon
(Temple) def. Alexandra Mircea (Quinnipiac), 6-3, 6-2
6) Mariana Bedon
(Temple) def. Proyfon Lohaphaisan (Quinnipiac), 6-3, 6-3 Order of FinishDoubles: