Lyons Game Day Central: Tennis vs. Connecticut College & RPI on Saturday!
THE MATCHUPS: The Lyons are back on the court for a pair of matches against Connecticut College (10:30am) and Rensselaer (2pm) at the MHC Tennis Courts. Saturday's match-up against the Camels marks the 30th all-time in program history with Connecticut College holding a 20-9 series advantage. The Lyons are 2-3 in the last five matches agains the Camels, including a 7-2 victory last season. Against the Engineers, MHC owns a 2-1 all-time record. The Lyons posted wins in each of the first two meetings, but RPI recorded a 6-3 victory on its home court in Troy to claim last season's match-up.
THE LYONS: Mount Holyoke (7-6; 4-3 NEWMAC) returns to action after sweeping a pair of matches last weekend. The Lyons defeated Endicott by a 5-4 margin before downing Lesley, 9-0 in the afternoon contest. In the dramatic victory to open the day against the Gulls, senior Nahrhee Han found herself down after the first set as Endicott's Emilie Cloutier won 6-3. Not willing to back down, Han won the second set by a 6-4 margin and grabbed the super tie-breaker to claim victory, 10-8. Another outstanding match was also played in the third flight as sophomore Sarah Anischik fought her way back from a 6-2 deficit to win the second set by a 7-6 margin, also taking the tie-breaker (7-3). But it was Gulls sophomore Amy Heacox who came away with the victory, winning 10-4 in the super tie-breaker. Mount Holyoke cruised to victory in the fourth through sixth flights as junior Eman Malik, first year Margaux Holloschutz and senior My-Linh Nguyen each claimed victory.
THE CAMELS: Connecticut College (2-4) enters into this weekend's play having defeated Babson by a 5-4 margin on Tuesday. Senior Sara Krivoshik coasted to a 6-1, 6-2 triumph at number three singles, while classmates Jen Herbert and Brittney Cangemi chipped in with wins in their respective slots at #2 and #5 singles for the Camels.
THE ENGINEERS: Rensselaer (7-3), which is ranked 19th in the ITA Northeast Regional rankings, is back on the court for its first match since March 22nd - a narrow 5-4 loss to St. Lawrence, the 17th ranked team in the region. RPI's first doubles team of Casey Olsen and Amanda Alexander opened with an 8-5 victory but SLU earned wins in the next two flights. Engineers' first year Emily Laurilliard took third singles in three sets, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4, despite being down 3-4 in the final set.
NEXT UP: Mount Holyoke retuns to the court next weekend when it travels to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to take part in the Seven Sisters Championship. The Lyons face Wellesley (11am) and Bryn Mawr (2pm) on day one before battling host Vassar (10:30am) and Smith (1:30pm) on day two. RPI is back on the court on Tuesday when its hosts Oneonta (3pm), while Connecticut College plays at Smith this afternoon (2pm).