Skidmore stages comeback against TCNJ to advance to third round
WINDSOR, Conn. -- Erasing a 2-1 deficit after doubles play, Skidmore earned wins at first through fourth singles en route to a 5-2 NCAA second-round victory against TCNJ at Magic Lincer Tennis Academy.
Improving to 13-8 on the season, the Thoroughbreds advance to Sunday's Round of 16 where they will face host Amherst, which breezed past Wilkes 5-0 in the day's other regional semifinal. The Lions close out the season with a 16-2 overall mark.
Staking Skidmore to an early advantage, Alex Smith and Rachel Plevinsky dispatched of Jasmine Muniz-Cadorette and Emma Allen at second doubles 8-2. The Lions Karisse Bendijo and Allison Tierney evened things up with an 8-6 decision against Nataly Mendoza and Lee Ford before TCNJ's Tara Criscuolo and Alex Bologno edged out a 9-8 (7-3) third doubles win against Melissa Hirsch and Yumi Karlshoej.
Getting the Thoroughbreds back on track, Mendoza turned in a 6-2, 6-4 triumph against Bendijo at the top of the singles lineup before Smith ousted Allen 6-1, 6-2 at fourth singles to put Skidmore back in front. Ford picked up a 6-4, 6-1 win against Tierney at second singles before Hirsh rallied from a 2-6 first-set loss to Muiz-Cadorette, taking the next two frames by scores of 6-4 and 6-1 to clinch the match.
Skidmore junior Robyn Baird led Bologno, 6-3, 4-3 at the time of completion, while Plevinsky held a 6-2, 2-0 margin on Sarah Lippincott when the match was suspended.