PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University women's tennis team ovecame a 4-2 deficit to pick up its first Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) victory of the season, defeating visiting Chestnut Hill, 5-4, Friday afternoon on the Abraham Salaman Tennis Courts.
The Rams (3-4, 1-2 CACC) earned their first victory over the Griffins (0-4, 0-4 CACC) since Oct. 8, 2009—snapping a nine-match losing streak.
Philadelphia opened up a 2-1 advantage with victories at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles.
In the No. 1 flight, Jala Hamada (Giza, Egypt/Dar El-Tarbia, IGCSE) and Linde Zwaan (Apeldoorn, Netherlands/Gymnasium Apeldoorn) improved to 4-3 overall as they defeated Louise Charley and Hannah Murphy, 8-6. Emiy Zygmunt (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) and Katelyn High (Lancaster, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) fought back from 6-7 and 7-8 to knock off Nicole Yang and Madison Jacobus in a tiebreak, 9-8 (8-6) at No. 3. Zygmunt and High earned their fifth win of the season.
After Chestnut Hill picked up wins at No. 1, No. 4, and No. 3 singles to claim a 4-2 lead, Mariana Sampaio (Brusque, Brazil/Colegio Consul Carlos Renaux) got Philadelphia back on track with a 6-4, 6-1 triumph against Daniela Siqueira in the No. 5 match.
Zwaan tied the match at four as she picked up her team-leading fifth victory over the season, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) over Charley. High clinched the match for Philadelphia, defeating Yang in a hard-fought contest at No. 6 6-4, 7-6 (7-5).
Philadelphia heads to Connecticut for a CACC match at Post on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 1 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA U. 5, CHESTNUT HILL 4
1. Laure-Anne Josso (CHC) def. Jala Hamada (PHI) 6-2, 6-0
2. Linde Zwaan (PHI) def. Louise Charley (CHC) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
3. Hannah Murphy (CHC) def. Usha Baublitz (PHI) 6-1, 6-4
4. Julia Bellon (CHC) def. Emily Zygmunt (PHI) 6-3, 6-0
5. Mariana Sampaio (PHI) def. Daniela Siqueira (CHC) 6-4, 6-1
6. Katelyn High (PHI) def. Nicole Yang (CHC) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
1. Hamada/Zwaan (PHI) def. Charley/Murphy (CHC) 8-6
2. Josso/Siqueira (CHC) def. Sampaio/Baublitz (PHI) 8-3
3. Zygmunt/High (PHI) def. Yang/Madison Jacobus (CHC) 9-8 (8-6)