WEST POINT. N.Y.- Junior Jurelle Mendoza's three-set decision at No. 3 singles provided Army the winning margin in a 4-3 women's tennis victory over Sacred Heart in the second of two matches played Saturday at Litchenberg Tennis Center. The Black Knights, posting their first win of the spring season, improved to 1-2 after rebounding from a 5-2 loss to Binghamton in the first match of the day.
Sacred Heart won the doubles point after posting 8-6 decisions at No. 1 and No. 3, while Army denied the Pioneers a sweep after pulling out a tough 8-6 victory in the middle behind as Annie Hang and Erin Colton turned back Rebecca McMullin and Kate Donnelly.
Army knotted the score 3-3 after taking three of the first five singles matches with Annie Houghton, Hang and Audrey Hansen winning in straight sets at No. 1, 2 and 5, respectively. Houghton did not yield a point blanking McMulllin 6-0, 6-0, while Hang won 6-4, 6-2 and Hansen posted respective scores of 6-3, 6-3. Patricia Vollmer took Sacred Heart's Elizabeth Harrington to three sets before bowing, 7-5, 3-6, 1-6 at No. 4.
In the tie-breaking match at No. 3 singles, Mendoza rebounded from a 6-1 first set loss to Darcy Demers with a one-sided 6-2 win in the second set to force the third and final set where she was pressed to pull out 6-4 decision as Army snapped loose from a two-match losing skein.
The Black Knights close out their three-match weekend slate Sunday morning at 9 a.m. against Seton Hall in a series that dates back to 1991 with the Pirates holding a 9-5 lead.
1. Darcy Demers/Julianne Kasinow (SH) def. Michael Tollerton/Robie Verano, 8-6
2. Annie Hang/Erin Colton (A) def. Rebecca McMullin/Kate Donnelly, 8-6
3. Elizabeth Harrington/Kristina Chao (SH) def. Larraine Saavedra/Audrey Hansen, 8-6
1. Annie Houghton (A) def. McMullin, 6-0, 6-0
2. Hang (A) def. Donnelly, 6-4, 6-2
3. Jurelle Mendoza (A) def. Demers, 1-6, 6-2, 6-4
4. Harrington (SH) def. Patricia Vollmer, 7-5, 3-6, 1-6
5. Audrey Hansen (A) def. Choa, 6-3, 6-3
6. Julianne Kasinow (SH) def. Maria Casaletto, 6-4, 6-2