Sat., March 30, William and Mary (6-11) traveled to Richmond, Virginia to take on Virginia Commonwealth (12-5) at the Thalhimer Tennis Center. The Tribe came away with an exciting 5-2 victory on the road.
The College was in control from the beginning taking a 3-0 lead over the Rams. The Tribe won the doubles point with two victories from the No. 2 position, junior Natalia Perry and freshman Mila Saric, and the No. 3 position, senior Lauren Goodman and junior Charlotte Madson. Junior Rosie Cheng extended the Tribe’s lead winning in straight sets, only giving up two games total. Madson continued the momentum, also winning in two sets, 6-2, 6-4.
The Rams then started to find their rhythm, bouncing back and winning two in a row. Paola Exposito Diaz-Delgado and Noumea Witmus beat Perry and Goodman at No. 1 and No. 5, respectively, in two sets – narrowing the score to 3-2 Tribe.
With the Tribe up just one match and only two matches left, Saric had the opportunity to clinch the win for the Tribe at the No. 4 spot. Kanako Yano was able to take the first set 6-4, but Saric came back and dominated the final two sets, winning 6-3, 6-1.
The final match of the day, at No. 3, was senior Clara Tanielian pushing the final score to 5-2, by winning in three sets. She lost her first set 6-4, but dominated her second set 6-1, and won her final set 6-4.
This upcoming Sunday, the Tribe will head back on the road to take on in conference rivals James Madison. Then they will head to Lynchburg the next day to take on Liberty.