No. 35 Clippers Eliminated from NCAA Championship by No. 28 Queens, 5-4
Easton, MA – The thirty-fifth ranked Concordia College Clippers women's tennis team were unable to come away with a victory against the twenty-eight ranked Queens College Knights on Tuesday afternoon, falling 5-4. With the loss Concordia ends the season with an 11-2 record while the Knights improve to 18-1 and advance to the Round of 16 in Louisville, KY.
The Clippers jumped out to an early lead as Ana S.O. Mendes (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil) and Juliana Frey (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil) began with an 8-5 victory at No. 2 doubles. Yuliya Plevako (Astana, Kazakhstan) and Clara Catanzano (Sete, France) captured the second doubles win for Concordia with a 9-8 (7-3) victory in the No. 1 match. Maria Ortiz (Bogota, Columbia) and Camilla Gomes Xavier (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) battled to an 8-6 defeat as the Clippers took a 2-1 overall advantage into singles play.
The Knights tied the match after Catanzano dropped a 6-2, 6-2 decision in the No. 3 singles match for Concordia. Shortly thereafter, Mendes fell 6-3, 6-2 in her No. 2 match as Queens took a 3-2 advantage. Plevako would earn the Clippers' first singles victory with a 6-1, 6-2 win in the No. 1 match.
With the overall score tied 3-3 the Knights got one step closer to the victory with a 6-4, 6-4 win; Ortiz fought hard in the No. 5 match but came up just short. Frey's 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory in the No. 4 match would tie the score at 4-4 as Xavier's No. 6 match would decide the winner. The final match went in favor of Queens 6-3, 6-2 as the Knights ended Concordia's run. The Clippers previously reached the Round of 16 in the NCAA Championships for the past three consecutive seasons.