The Slippery Rock women’s tennis team went undefeated in doubles play on Sunday and dropped only one singles match in route to a 6-1 throttling of Daemen College to open dual match play.
Although the Wildcats were unable to compete in fifth and sixth singles, and third doubles, The Rock women put together a strong collective display against the non-conference opponent nonetheless. Junior Viola Lugmayr and freshman Lois Page starred for the Green and White by going undefeated in singles and doubles matches.
Lugmayr and Page paired for No. 1 doubles play while sophomore Olivia Warner and junior Lacey Cohen teamed up for No. 2 doubles play. Both duos collected quick wins, 6-2 and 6-1, respectively.
The Rock women who competed in singles play dropped only two points in the No. 2 through No. 4 matches. No. 1 Cohen was unable to notch a win against the Wildcats’ Christina Stasiuk, dropping a 6-3, 6-3 match. Lugmayr and Page, No. 2 and No. 3 for the Green and White, dropped a point a piece in 6-0, 6-1 and 6-1, 6-0 victories over Wildcat opponents, respectively. Warner did not drop a single point in a 6-0, 6-0 drubbing of her opponent.
Sophomore Lauren Fadden and senior Allie Welch picked up a disqualification doubles victory from the No. 3 slot while each picked up individual wins in the No. 5 and No. 6 slots from disqualification.
With the victory over the Wildcats, The Rock moves to 32-7 in Fall dual matches dating back over the past 11 seasons.
This was the first dual match for The Rock since the NCAA Division II began a new scoring system which had been in effect in Division I for a number of seasons. The change in scoring affects doubles matches in that teams will now receive one point for winning two of three doubles matches opposed to each doubles match receiving a point for the school.
The Rock won both doubles matches which clinched the one point in doubles play, and three of the four Rock women’s players picked up wins to clinch three more points. Two disqualifications awarded the Green and White two more points.
The 6-1 final moved The Rock to 1-0 on the season while the Wildcats fell to 0-4.
The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Individual Championships begin this Saturday, Sept. 29 in Bloomsburg, Pa., the last taste of tournament play for The Rock this fall. PSAC dual matches with Kutztown University and Millersville University will take place the following weekend at the SRU Tennis Courts.