BY ZACH BONNER – STAFF WRITER
Susquehanna’s women’s tennis team forged ahead of Arcadia 6-3 on March 10, picking up their first win of the spring season.
This match was the last of four in which the team competed over spring break at the Hilton Head Invitational Tournament.
The Crusaders started strong, winning two of their three doubles matches. Freshman Eliza Grifin and sophomore Linsey Sipple, the team’s second doubles, defeated Kayla Haberbosch and Julia Lunavictoria of Arcadia 8-0.
Junior Megan Rudloff and sophomore Julia Spear, third doubles for the Crusaders, defeated their opponents 8-0.
“During my match, I kept calm and tried to play consistently in every point,” Rudloff, who represented the Crusaders in both doubles and singles, said. “I was aware of my common mistakes, and I focused on correcting them.”
Junior Alyssa Fleischman and freshman Abagail Ransom fell 8-5 to Arcadia in their first doubles match, but the momentum stayed in favor of the Crusaders as the teams moved into singles.
Susquehanna won four of their six singles match-ups, winning first, third, fourth and fifth doubles.
Sipple was slotted at first singles against Arcadia’s Allyson Naiken and didn’t disappoint, bringing in her second win of the match with a score of 6-3, 6-3. Rudloff also scored her second win, defeating Janelle Bradley 6-1, 6-3.
“[Carney’s] best piece of advice is ‘not to peak too early,’” Rudloff said.
“In other words, it is okay to make mistakes and to progress and improve throughout the regular season.”
Griffin faced off against Arcadia’s fourth singles Haberbosch, breezing by her with a 6-1, 6-3 win for the Crusaders.
Ransom was the final win for the team during the match, coming back from a lost first set and defeating Sarah Hanley of Arcadia 3-6, 6-1, 10-4.
This win brings Susquehanna’s season record to 4-5, Arcadia’s record falling to 0-9. In the Landmark Conference, the Crusaders are currently projected behind seven other teams.
“My goal is for [Susquehanna] to improve its standing in the Landmark Conference, as we proved we are tough competitors during the Arcadia match,” Rudloff said, speaking to the momentum the Crusaders have going into their first conference match-up.
The Crusaders will be traveling to play at Goucher on Saturday, March 26 at 1 p.m.
Susquehanna hopes to improve on their fall season, when they went 3-2 overall and 1-1 at home.
Susquehanna beat Lycoming, Penn and Penn State Harrisburg 8-1. Susquehanna lost against Alvernia 8-1 and Lebanon Valley 7-2.
So far this season, Susquehanna has a 4-5 record and is 1-1 at home 2-1 on the road and 1-3 in nuetral games.