Lyndonville, VT - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon women's tennis team capitalized on strong play from the lower half of its lineup to squeeze past NVU-Johnson, 5-4, at the Dudley Bell Tennis Center on Thursday afternoon. With the win the Hornets even their record at 1-1, while the Badgers fall to 0-2 on the season.
Johnson jumped in front when the Badger first doubles team of Grace Page and Samantha Kershner downed the Lyndon pair of Emilie Dube (Bristol, CT) and Ro Ze Yar (Winooski, VT). The Hornets moved in front, 2-1, at the conclusion of doubles play, however, as Savannah Jackson (Barre, VT) and Faibe Achinda (Hinesburg, VT) downed Johnson's Iris Serrano and Kayla Hammond 8-2 at #2 and Oo Mai Be (Winooski, VT) and Susmita Mangar (Winooski, VT) picked up an 8-5 win over Katelyn Tirrito and Sarah Sylvain at #3.
Johnson moved back in front following the conclusion of the first two singles matches, as Page abd Kershner picked up straight set victories over Dube and Rebekah Delgado (Jersey City, NJ) at #1 and #2 respectively.
Achinda squared the match with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Hammond at #4. Then in the match of the day, Serrano battled back from a set down and fought off a match point in the third set tiebreaker to come away with a 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (11-9) win over Jackson at #3. Minutes later, Yar's 6-1, 6-2 win over Sylvain at #6 evened the match at 4-4, with only #5 singles yet to be completed.
In the #5 match, Be cruised to a 6-2 win over Tirrito in the first set and jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second. Tirrito battled back, however, breaking serve and holding serve to get within 4-3. Be responded, fighting off a pair of break points to hold serve at 5-3. She then broke Tirrito to close out the match and give the Hornets the victory.
With the win Lyndon also clinches at least a half point in the race for the NVU President's Cup. The Hornets and Badgers will square off again a week from Saturday, and a Hornet vivtory will earn the Lyndon campus a point. If the Badgers win, the two campuses will split the point.
The Hornets will return to action on Sunday afternoon when they open North Atlantic Conference play by hosting Lesley University. Play will being at 1:00 pm.