SMITHFIELD, R.I. – A down-to-the-wire match saw the Emerson Women's Tennis Team lose a 5-4 heartbreaker Friday afternoon to the Johnson & Wales Wildcats. With the loss, Emerson is now 5-3 on the year and 4-2 in GNAC action.
Doubles action started out routine for the Lions as Lacey Russell and Savannah Mosser did work in the one spot, posting an 8-1 win over Samantha Jo Borr and Laura Schwenk. Alanna Grady and Jana Winfield give EC the edge with the next point though as they won 8-3 in the three spot. JWU answered with an 8-4 win at two to send it to singles 2-1 EC.
In singles the Lions looked off-kilt though as JWU evened it up with a quick 6-1, 6-0 win in the six spot. Savannah Mosser answered in the two spot with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Laura Schewenk to push her singles winning streak to 15 straight dating back to September 28, 2011.
Up 3-2, the Lions looked to start edging away as Jana Winfield took home a 6-1, 6-4 win in the five spot to make it 4-2 and put EC on the edge of clinching. JWU had other plans as the Wildcats pounced on the Lions for gritty wins in the one and three spots to even it up.
It came down to the four spot with Alanna Grady battling Ansley Sego. Grady stepped up to win the first set 5-7, but gave her all in doing so as Sego surged for a 6-1 second set win before finishing off the W in a 10-2 tiebreak.
The Lions return home to host the Emmanuel Saints this Saturday at noon in Watertown at Victory Courts.