BOSTON, Mass. - The Simmons College women's tennis team was defeated by visiting Mount Holyoke College, 9-0, this afternoon on Daly Courts in Brighton, Mass. The Sharks' four-match win streak comes to an end as they dip to 4-3 on the season, while the Lyons win their season opener to improve to 1-0.
All six players were double-winners for Mount Holyoke in the dual match.
Sophomore Nickie Nguyen (Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam/Saint Joseph Preparatory (Mass.)) won seven games at number two singles for Simmons, but fell to senior Ishita Tibrewal (Kolkata, India), 6-4, 6-3. Tibrewal teamed with sophomore Ching-Ching Huang (Lukang Township, Taiwan) to defeat the Sharks' duo of sophomore Jessica Schroedl (Staatsburg, N.Y.) and senior Olivia Lakes (Dorchester, Mass.), 9-7. Simmons had tied the match at 7-7, before the Lyons won the final two games of the match.
Schroedl battled to a 6-4 loss in the opening set at number one singles for the Sharks vs. Huang and succumbed, 6-1, in the second frame.
First year Elise Kenney (Orono, Maine) also showed fight in a 6-4 first set defeat at the hands of junior Clara Wang (Madison, Conn.), but was downed in the second set, 6-0, at sixth singles.
The Lyons came out on top at number two doubles as well thanks to an 8-5 victory from their pairing of sophomore Catherine Peabody (San Francisco, Calif.) and first year Anna Anya Gerasimova (Salem, Ore.) over the Simmons sophomore combo of Marissa Johnson (Norwell, Mass.) and Nguyen.
The junior tandem of Madison Rosen (Portland, Ore) and Wang followed with an 8-5 win at third doubles over Rios and first year Celia Speth (Deerfield, Mass.) for Simmons.
Speth's four-match win streak in singles play came to a halt at number five singles with Rosen earning a 6-1, 6-0 showing for the Lyons.
Simmons returns to action on Saturday, September 23 when it hosts Great Northeast Athletic Conference foe Albertus Magnus College at Daly Courts for a 12:00 p.m. match, while Mount Holyoke heads to Newport, R.I. on September 22 to compete at the Tennis Hall of Fame Tournament.