Clutch Performances Lift Marlins over Nittany Lions

Jacklyn Cheely
Jacklyn Cheely

Clutch Performances Lift Marlins over Nittany Lions

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Time and time again on Wednesday afternoon the Virginia Wesleyan women's tennis team was able to execute in crucial situations, ultimately paving the way for a 7-2 victory over visiting Penn State University-Abington. 

Winning five of the six singles matches ultimately iced the decision for Virginia Wesleyan, but it was the clutch performances in the doubles portion of the competition that proved crucial in today's victory.

The line one team of sophomore Katie Staman and junior Jackie Lee found themselves in a back and forth battle before ultimately prevailing in a tiebreak by a score of 7-4. The aggressive play from the pair of lefties proved overwhelming for their opponents. 

At the second line, junior Francesca Lanuza and freshman Aubree Johnson saw a roller coaster of a match go against their favor, falling to the visitors 8-5. 

At line three, sophomores Jacklyn Cheely and Abby Horgan combined for a thrilling display of resiliency, winning their match 9-7 after having been down a match point at 7-6 earlier in the match. The match point was dispelled by a Horgan service winner, and the pair went on to win three consecutive games to close out the match and give the Marlins a crucial point.  

"We fought really well today, especially in doubles," said head coach Marty Perry, "I was extremely proud of our effort as a team today."

With a slender 2-1 lead heading into singles, the Marlins pushed forward and never relinquished the advantage. Singles play was capitalized by sophomore Amanda Inglis' and freshman Aubree Johnson's first career singles victories as Marlins in the fifth and sixth singles slots, respectively.

The Marlins (1-1/0-1) will take to the court again this coming Monday against ODAC rival Shenandoah University (1-1/0-0).