By MARIE PURKERT
The University of Mary Washington’s women’s tennis teams split its two matches against Methodist University and Division One UNC Wilmington on Sunday.
The Eagle women first fell to the Wilmington Seahawks, 8-1, but then rallied to top Methodist, 9-0 later that day.
UMW now advances to 3-1 this season, boasting two wins against Division 1 George Mason University and Towson University.
Sophomore Amy Sheetz, who sits in the sixth singles position, was the only woman to score a win against UNC Wilmington. She won her sets 6-2, 6-4.
Sheetz’s win inspired the girls to be even more win-hungry, entering the Methodist game, where they did not allow the monarchs to win any matches.
This win marks the Eagle’s first win of the season against a Division III opponent.
Sophomore Kate Malpeli almost pulled off a win against Wilmington both on the singles court and then again with her doubles partner, Freshman Stacey Rickard. Both matches ended in tie-breakers.
The Eagle’s three double partners took the court by storm against Methodist, not giving up even one game. Partners Katie Miglin/Natalia Fugate, Rebecca Morse-Karzen/Stephanie Kurti, and Sheetz/ Priscilla Jamison, defeated their Methodist competitors, 8-0.
Sophomore Kurti, who sits in the number one singles spot for the women, fought her way into three sets to beat Methodist’s top singles player, Tiffany Tucker, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.
The Eagles, who have been crowned CAC champions in their past three seasons, are sure on their way to defending their title. Not only have the girls been named CAC champions the past three seasons, but have advanced to the NCAA tournament in the past seven consecutive seasons, with 21 appearances over all.