Ithaca slips past Scranton
Bombers rallies to win four of six singles matches
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Ithaca rallied to win four of the six singles matches and went on to a 5-4 victory against Scranton in the first round of the NCAA tournament match at the Middlebury, Vt. Regional. The Bombers will face the host school, Middlebury in a regional semifinal Saturday.
The clinching point came at fourth singles, where junior Laurel Salladay won a three-set match. Salladay came from behind to win the first set in a tiebreak, then dropped the second set before winning the third. Her scores were 7-6, 5-7, 6-3.
Ithaca started the singles portion of the match with convincing victories at the top of the lineup to take a 3-2 lead. Junior Allison Young was a 6-1, 6-1 winner at first singles and was quickly followed off the court by freshman Carly Siegel, a 6-3, 6-1 winner at the second position.
After Scranton won the sixth singles match to level the score 3-3, Bomber freshman Allison Vizgaitiswon 6-4, 6-1 at fifth singles. Ithaca dropped a three-set match at third singles before Salladay's victory sent Ithaca to the second round.
The Bombers got a doubles victory at second doubles by the team of Salladay and Siegel, who won 8-6.
It was Ithaca's third all-time victory in the NCAA tournament and the Bombers are making their sixth consecutive appearance in the NCAAs.