Lakers fall again

The Oswego State women’s tennis team lost its fifth consecutive match to begin the season, falling to Roberts Wesleyan 9-0 Wednesday at the Romney Tennis Courts.

The Lakers (0-5) struggled in singles play, losing each match in straight sets. Oswego State No. 1 singles player, junior Nicole Leader, fell to the Redhawks’ sophomore Tina Miller, 6-1, 6-1.

“It was a tough team. We played well,” Leader said. “We need to work on our doubles and net play.”

Sophomores Haley Miller and Hannah Rawlings put up the most fight for the Lakers, as they both lost, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 5 and 6 singles, respectively.

The doubles matches did not go any smoother for Oswego State, as the Lakers lost all three matchups. Leader teamed with freshman Paige Edgar at No. 1 doubles in an 8-2 loss to senior Dina Obukhova and junior Maria Jimenez of Roberts Wesleyan (6-2). Jimenez defeated Edgar at No. 3 singles as well, by a score of 6-1, 6-0.

The Redhawks’ sophomore Tina Miller and junior Kaitlynn Zaffuto took down sophomore Lauren Stall and Rawlings at No. 2 doubles, 8-1. Stall lost earlier to Obukhova at No. 2 singles, 6-0, 6-1.

The Lakers’ final loss in doubles play came at the hands of Roberts Wesleyan freshmen Camilla Linhart and Emily Linhart. The duo defeated senior Kelly Corwin and sophomore Olivia Knierman, 8-2. Corwin fell to Camilla Linhart at the No. 4 singles position, 6-1, 6-1.

Wednesday’s game was the Lakers’ first shutout since Sept. 6 against SUNY Geneseo, as the Lakers managed to steal a single’s match from SUNY Cortland and SUNY Fredonia, respectively. On Sept. 13 against SUNY Cortland, the Lakers benefited from great play from sophomore Haley Miller. She controlled her match against Cortland sophomore Jaclyn Cartwright.

Then on Sept. 15, the Lakers got a single’s match victory from sophomore Lauren Stall, when she defeated sophomore Sara DiFulvio. Despite losing the first set 5-7, Stall battled to take the second set, 6-3, and finish off the match with a 10-8 supertiebreaker.

The Lakers will return to the court today at SUNY Oneonta, with a matchup against the Red Dragons at 3 p.m. Oswego State will travel to Alfred the following day for a match at noon, before returning home Monday for a 4 p.m. face off against the College at Brockport.

Sophomore Hannah Rawlings hits a shot during the Lakers’ 9-0 loss to Roberts Wesleyan on Wednesday.

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