PORTLAND, Ore. — Saint Mary’s secured their fifth West Coast Conference victory of the season on Saturday with a bounce back 4-2 win over Portland (7-10, 3-4 WCC) on the road.
After dropping the previous day’s match to Gonzaga, the Gaels (10-7, 5-2 WCC) stormed back with strong doubles and singles play to edge the Pilots.
“Our seniors really led the team today,” said Gaels’ associate head coach Simon Harston. “They set the tone. After a disappointing performance yesterday, the attitude of everyone was fantastic from the first point to the last.”
After both teams split the first two doubles matches, Clementine Clement and Emma Critser won the pivotal third set to claim the doubles point for the Gaels, 6-4. Parminder Kaur and Kareena Manji claimed the earlier doubles victory for Saint Mary’s with a decisive 6-2 win in the three spot.
Jana McCord gave the Gaels an early 2-0 lead with her 6-2, 6-4 victory as the top singles seed but Portland responded with two singles victories of their own to tie the score. Kaur sailed to a 6-0, 6-3 win as the fifth seed to put the Gaels up by one point shortly after. Ultimately, Manji would seal the win for the Gaels with a comeback 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 performance over her opponent.
Saint Mary’s will return home for their final match of the season against another conference-rival in Pacific (5-13, 0-8 WCC). The two teams will square off at the Timothy Korth Tennis Complex at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Apr. 22. Admission for the event is free.
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