ADRIAN, Mich.--Despite holding a 2-1 lead after doubles, the Adrian College women's tennis team could not hold that momentum in singles as visiting Albion College overcame several match points against to earn a 5-4 win at the Craft Tennis Complex on Tuesday.
The Britons improve to 5-7 overall and 2-0 in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association, while the Bulldogs drop to 6-8 on the season and 1-1 in the MIAA after their conference home opener.
Adrian was led by freshman Makayla Jorgensen who picked up two points with wins at No. 3 doubles with classmate Julia Maltbie over Marceline Redick/Kirsten Moore, 8-6, and then at No. 6 singles against Kirsten Moore, 6-0, 6-1.
Joining Jorgensen and Maltbie in the win column with doubles were reigning MIAA Player of the Week Amber Laginess and her fellow co-captain Victoria Watson at No. 1, teaming up to down Lauren Rasmussen/Chrissy Gauss by an identical 8-6 result. Adrian took a 2-1 advantage into singles.
The Britons, however, regrouped to take four of six singles matches--three wins coming after dropping the first set. Lauren Solano and Olivia Conover paved the way with two points apiece.
Jorgensen and junior Olivia Neumann won in Nos. 6 and 5 singles to increase Adrian's lead in the match to 4-1. Neumann dispatched Redick in straight sets 7-5, 6-2.
Solano's No. 2 singles win at 6-4, 6-3 sparked the comeback. At No. 1, Rasmussen lost the first set 7-6 (5) to Laginess but came back in the next two 6-2, 6-2. Conover was able to stave off match-point against at No. 3 to earn a tough 3-6, 7-6 (7), 7-5 victory over freshman Samantha Cyrus, clinching the team win for the Britons.
Adrian hits the court again at 1 p.m. Saturday for a MIAA road match at St. Mary's (Ind.).
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