WORCESTER, Mass. – While Lacey Russell and Savannah Mosser's doubles streak continued Wednesday afternoon, the overall effort was just barely not enough on the day as the Emerson Women's Tennis Team fell 5-4 to Clark. With the loss the Lions are now 1-1 on the year while Clark improves to 4-3.
Up first in doubles, the Lions jumped out to an early lead with two dominant 8-2 wins in the number one spot and number three spot. While Lacey Russell and Savannah Mosser remained undefeated in doubles on the year, Jana Winfield and Alanna Grady stepped up as well with a win over Clark's Rebecca Kravetz and Lauren Ziemer.
Opening up singles up 2-1, Emerson made it a quick 3-1 lead as Savannah Mosser took care of business in the number two spot as she downed Sarah Sachs in a flawless 6-0, 6-0 win. From there Clark stormed back though as they put up three quick wins in the four through six spots to take a 4-3 lead bringing the match down to the wire.
Natalie Nicolas struck first in the three spot with a gritty 7-5 first set win over Phoebe Hughes before closing out the point with a 6-0 second set to leave the deciding point to the number one spot of Lacey Russell and Gaby Suriano.
It looked promising for the Lions as Russell took the first set 6-3, but Suriano wouldn't go quietly as she rallied back to take set two 6-0. The momentum seemed to belong to Suriano headed into the third though as Russell couldn't seem to take control, falling 6-2 to close out the match.
Up next, the Lions will return home to host Albertus Magnus this Saturday, September 15 at Victory Fields in Watertown, Mass.