Bulls stay perfect
Women’s tennis team moves to 4-0 after win against ASA College
Published: Sunday, February 17, 2013
Updated: Sunday, February 17, 2013 12:02
It was a parade of big shots, missed opportunities and forfeits when the women’s tennis team took to the courts against ASA College.
However, these miscues were not made by the Bulls, and they kept their undefeated start intact.
“It was a good win,” said head coach Kristen Ortman. “Sometimes it’s difficult playing a team like this that’s a little erratic and comes out banging, hits big shots then misses a few. It’s tough to get a rhythm. But the girls did a good job on focusing on what was controllable.”
The Bulls (4-0) played host to ASA College (0-1) on Saturday at the Miller Tennis Center and took the match by a final score of 6-1.
In first doubles, juniors Miranda Podlas and Tanvi Shah topped their opponents, 8-2.
It was a similar scene in second doubles. Sophomore Laura Fernandez and junior Marta Stoyanova took their doubles match 8-2.
The Avengers were forced to forfeit the third doubles match as they played short-handed all day long. The forfeit would give senior Tamara Markovic and junior Anamaria Candanoza credit for the win at third doubles.
Podlas continued to cruise in her singles match, coasting past Tamar Tshaskaia, 6-1, 6-0, and picking up her second victory of the day.
“[Podlas] is a joy to work with,” Ortman said. “Phenomenal athlete, always willing to do a little above and beyond to get better and take the next step, and it’s really showing on the court. She has really improved and she’s just a joy to work with. She’s easy to coach and she’s just like a sponge.”
In singles play, the Bulls only lost one match. ASA College’s Dayana Agasieva defeated Shah 2-6, 7-5, 13-11, as the match needed a long third set tiebreak to be decided.
In third singles, Fernandez jumped on the winning wagon and rolled past her opponent, 6-1, 6-3.
The Bulls picked up wins on the final three singles matches of the day. Markovic and freshman Gopika Kapoor won both their matches 6-1, 6-0 and 6-1, 6-1, respectively. The match was the first match of the spring season for Kapoor. Stoyanova was credited with a win in her singles match on another ASA College forfeit.
Ortman believes her team is playing confident even though the Bulls only have one senior on their roster. She believes confidence and composure are what has gotten the women’s tennis team to the heights it has reached this season.
“You’ve got to focus on the task at hand,” Ortman said. “They’re undefeated and they’re confident. They believe in their game and they believe in themselves.”
At 4-0, the Bulls look to next weekend as a pivotal point in their non-conference season schedule.
“Next weekend is a big weekend with Temple and Binghamton,” Ortman. “We’ve had really close matches with Temple the past two years.”
The match at Temple (1-6, 0-2 Atlantic 10) is set for Saturday at 1 p.m.