DANBURY, CT – After winning four of its last five matches, the Western Connecticut State University women's tennis team fell to visiting non-conference opponent John Jay, 5-4, on Monday evening at Westside Courts. With the loss, the Colonials dropped to 5-4 overall, while the Bloodhounds improved to 4-2.
The pair of graduate Carole Allers (Wilton, CT) and senior Emma Chapman (Danbury, CT) dominated the opening doubles match, while the visitors controlled the third doubles contest of the night. The swing match appeared to be the No. 2 doubles court. Senior Pooja Dudhedia (Brookfield, CT) and junior Lesley Coronel (Danbury, CT) trailed 6-3 but stormed back to capture a 7-6 lead. However, they ultimately fell in the tiebreaker, 10-8.
In singles play, both Allers and Chapman breezed to victories before the Colonials lost the ensuing two matches. Senior Chelsie Von Elm (Somers, NY) won a third set tiebreaker for WestConn, 10-8. However, Dudhedia was outlasted in her singles match in yet another final set tiebreaker, 10-6.
"This was a tough loss today because it could have gone either way. We were missing three starters today due to classes, and also John Jay lost their top player due to injury. A match like this demonstrates how important each and every court is," said WestConn head coach Shawn Stillman following the contest.
WestConn returns to action tomorrow at Rhode Island College at 3:30 p.m.