MORAGA, Calif. — In a mild temperature day, the Saint Mary’s women’s tennis hosted its home opener versus Pac-12 opponent Washington, and ultimately fell in a battle-tested match to the Huskies.
The day started off strong for the Gaels, as the team claimed the doubles point. Playing as the top doubles team, Emma Critser and Danielle McIntyre played lights out, scoring the 6-1 win. Jana McCord and Kareena Manji got the job done on court 2, as the duo played powerful, smart tennis en route to the 6-3 victory.
“We played our best so far,” said associate head coach Simon Harston. “Good energy, smart tennis. We were really happy with how we started and finished the doubles matches.”
The singles contests went to the Huskies, as Washington won on all six courts. Despite the loss, the Gaels continued to stay in the matches, forcing tough points and big points.
“Credit to Washington, they are a good team,” said Harston. “It was a good fight in all the singles contests, but Washington played a bit better at the bigger points of the matches. They are a good team.”
The Gaels will head back to Timothy Korth Tennis Complex this weekend, as the team will host San Diego State on Sunday, Feb. 12. The match versus the Aztecs is set to begin at 11 a.m.
Washington 6, Saint Mary’s 1
1. Emma Critser/ Danielle McIntyre (SMC) d Fung/ Kobayashi 6-1
2. Jana McCord/ Kareena Manji (SMC) d. Abbes/ Kopcaliz 6-3
3. Parminder Kaur/ Vanessa Nommensen (SMC) vs Hance/ Prokepuik unfinished
1. Fung (Washington) d. Jana McCord (SMC) 6-3, 6-4
2. Abbes (Washington) d. Clementine Clement (SMC) 6-2, 1-6, 6-1
3. Kobayashi (Washington) d. Danielle McIntyre (SMC) 6-3 6-4
4. Prokopnik (Washington) d. Kareena Manji (SMC) 6-2, 6-3
5. Hance (Washington) d. Emma Critser (SMC) 6-2, 6-3
6. Kopcalic (Washington) d. Parminder Kaur (SMC) 6-4, 0-6, 7-5
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