No. 3 Lynn outlasts California (Pa.)
Knights win four three-set matches to hold off No. 11 Vulcans
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- No. 3 Lynn collected a 7-2 win against No. 11 California (Pa.) Vulcans as four matches went to three sets on Monday in nonconference action.
The victory marks the second win the season for Lynn (8-2) against a top-15 opponent.
In doubles action, the second flight concluded play first and put the Blue & White in a 1-0 hole in the overall match with an 8-2 loss from Kim Przeszlowski and Ana Kriz to the Vulcans’ No. 12 team of Annabel Pieschl and Jade Pondicas.
After falling behind 3-4, the Knights’ number three team of Andrea Berkova and Roxane Alexandru fought back and collected the next four points to go up 7-4 against California's duo of Jesse Burrell and Jolien Borrenberghs. The Lynn combo then then traded points on serve to tally the 8-6 win and knot the overall match up at 1-1.
The top doubles flight saw a battle of top-five teams as Lynn’s No. 4 Ioana Ivan and Sabine Krause took on California's No. 5 combo of Martin Rubesova and Franziska Steinhardt. All the Lynn combo needed was one broken serve as Ivan and Krause held serve the entire match to grab an 8-6 wi and move the overall score to 2-1 in favor of LU.
Heading into singles, LU needed two points to win the overall match.
Przeszlowski rolled out to a 6-0 win in set one versus Steinhardt but then dropped the second set 7-5 after going up 5-3 at one point in set two. In the final set, Przeszlowski posted the first singles win of the day with a 6-3 victory to give the Knights a 3-1 tilt in the overall match.
Shortly after Przeszlowski’s win, the Vulcans tightened the gap back to one after Ramona Czakon posted a 6-4, 6-2 win against Lynn’s Aleks Vukadinovic at number six singles.
The Knights then put a match victory within one point as Kriz tallied Lynn’s only two-set win of the day with a 6-4, 7-5 victory against California’s Anastassiya Zherdeva at number four singles.
In need of only one more point to seal the win, the last three matches left were all in third sets and very much undecided.
At the top singles flight, No. 5 Ivan posted a 6-0 blanking in set one but saw the second set tied at 6-6 and in the tiebreaker. Ivan had match point up 7-6 in the tiebreaker but California University’s No. 5 Rubesova collected the next three points to claim the second set 7-6 (9-7). After receiving a point penalty to start the third set, with a renewed vigor, Ivan jumped out to a 4-0 lead and clinched the match for the Knights with a 6-2 third-set win.
At number three singles, No. 44 Berkova finished just after Ivan and, like Ivan, won the first set but dropped the second. In the third set, Berkova posted a 6-3 win to complete her 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 victory against No. 31 Pondicas.
Forty-fourth ranked Krause represented the last match on the court and suffered a tie-break loss in the first set but rallied back and amassed a back-to-back set wins to give Lynn its seventh point of the day. Krause composed a 6-7 (7-5), 6-2, 7-5 win at number two singles versus No. 30 Pieschl.