Women’s Tennis Loses Heartbreaker to #11 Cameron University 5-4

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The Lady Patriots took two of the three doubles points, with No. 1 team Natalie Gennissen and Amanda Richterwinning 8-5 against Cameron’s Amanda Moberg and Florencia Tornero. DBU’s No. 2 pair, Katie Daugherty and Leah Rutt, also picked up a hard fought win for the Patriots, taking out Julia Puckhaber and Laura Winter 8-5. No. 3 doublesLeah Smith and Alexa Mentesana had a hard fought match against Elvira Sholles and Antonia Moberg, losing 8-4.

rp_primary_DBU_WTGoing into the singles with a lead of 2-1, DBU’s No. 1, Natalie Gennissen added another point winning her match against Amanda Moberg 6-3, 6-1. Katie Daugherty at No. 2 had a hard day against Cameron’s Julia Puckhaber, who took the win 6-4, 6-1. Leah Smith played a great match, taking another necessary point for DBU, 6-3, 6-3, against Laura Winter. Freshman Amanda Richter lost her match 6-4, 7-6(5) going down with a fight at No. 4 singles against Florencia Tornero. Coming in at No. 6 singles, Cameron’s Antonia Moberg proved to be too tough for DBU’s Alexa Mentesana, taking the win 6-1, 6-1. At this stage of the match, the overall score was 4-4. It came down to Leah Rutt‘s marathon match at No. 3. Rutt was on court for over 2 hours against Cameron’s Elvira Sholles. After a long three set match, Sholles took the win 6-7, 6-4, 7-6(7-5).

“This match has several positives for our team.  The first being our solid doubles play on all three courts.  There is no doubt that each girl on the team felt more confident going into singles knowing that we already had two points on the board.  Leah Smith‘s win at No. 5 was a solid performance and she was able to put a hard hitting player away.  Natalie Gennissen‘s performance at getting the job done at No. 1 is not surprising, but should not be taken lightly.  Leah Rutt‘s emotional maturity and ability to stay calm and play at a high level against a top opponent with adverse situations is what separates her from many other players.  I trust that as the rest of the team watched this last match that they picked up on how to compose themselves when the match is tied at 4-4 and it is coming down to their court. I am so proud of the fight we showed today.  It was another reminder that we are competitive with any team in the country.”

The Patriots played the best tennis they have played this season against Cameron. They will be back in action on Thursday, 2/28/2013 at Kiest Tennis Center against LeTourneau University.