PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's women's tennis team dropped a hard-fought match to rival Villanova, 4-3, Friday afternoon at the SJU Tennis Complex. The Hawks won the doubles' point and got singles victories from Casey Robinson and Maggie Mullaney to account for the three points.
Saint Joseph's (3-15)earned the match's first point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles. Robinson and Mullaney posted an 8-1 win at the top flight, while Devi Jadeja and Jena Procyk teamed for an 8-5 victory at the third flight.
Switching to singles, Robinson earned a three-set win over Mikelle Mancini, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 at the top flight to earn SJU's second point. Mullaney went to three sets against Amanda Nelson before winning as Nelson retired.
Unfortunately for the Hawks, the Wildcats won two highly-competitive matches at No. 2 and No. 4 singles and claimed the final two flights for the 4-3 win.
The Hawks return to action Sunday against George Washington.
1. Maggie Mullaney & Casey Robinson (SJU) def. Mikelle Mancini & Kristin Gobberg (VU) 8-1
2. Allison Solberg & Emily Urda (VU) def. Tara Walsh & Kate Dowd (SJU) 8-4
3. Devi Jadeja & Jenna Procyk (SJU) def. Alexandra Harding & Katherine Monari (VU) 8-5
1. Casey Robinson (SJU) def. Mikelle Mancini (VU) 6-4, 4-6, 7-5
2. Allison Solberg (VU) def. Devi Jadeja (SJU) 6-4, 6-3
3. Maggie Mullaney (SJU) def. Amanda Nelson (VU) 4-6, 7-6 (1), 4-1 (retired)
4. Emily Urda (VU) def. Tara Walsh (SJU) 7-6 (4), 6-4
5. Alexandra Harding (VU) def. Kate Dowd (SJU) 6-4, 6-1
6. Anne Cognetti (VU) def. Jenna Procyk (SJU) 6-0, 6-1