From Harford Community College Sports Information
ROCKVILLE, Md.—The Harford women’s tennis dropped just one match and remains undefeated on the season after it downed Montgomery College-Rockville, 8-1, on Tuesday in Rockville.
The Fighting Owls (4-0) swept the doubles matches for the third straight team dual match as the No. 1 team of freshman Ashley Sherinsky (Fallston, Md./Fallston) and sophomore Katrina Tiedeman (Jarrettsville, Md./North Harford) got things started with an 8-1 victory over Shadaia Otto and Nadine Montforte.
The team of freshman Courtney Brewer (Street, Md./North Harford) and Kelsey Strine (Abingdon, Md./Edgedwood) followed suit with an identical, 8-1, win over Sophia Pikalova and Aleunia Nakamura in the No. 2 slot, while the No. 3 team of freshman Kate Tiburzi (Fallston, Md./Fallston) and sophomore Julie Strong (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) one-upped the rest of the team by defeating Jennifer Gregory and Calvine Tiengwe, 8-0.
Tiburzi also blanked Nakamura during the N o. 4 singles match as she won, 6-0, 6-0, earning the MVP of the match award from head coach George Budelis after her incredible 20-game win streak between her doubles and singles matches. Not only did Tiburzi win her match, but she moved up a position for the second straight team match due to the absence of Tiedeman in the singles matches.
Brewer and Strine also earned commanding victories over their opponents in the higher positions as Brewer defeated Montforte, 6-3, 6-1 and Strine was victorious over Pikalova, 6-3, 6-0.
Sherinsky faced a challenge in the first set of the No. 1 match, pulling out a 7-5 victory over Otto, but easily beat her opponent 6-1 in the second set to secure the match point.
Strong also faced some tough competition in her first outing of the season at No. 6 singles as she took the first set, 6-4, against Makale Nyabhele, fell in the second set, 4-6, and pulled out the 8-6 win in the third set to give Harford the 8-1 win.
Freshman Agnes Burke (Havre de Grace, Md./Havre de Grace) was the only other competitor for the Fighting Owls as she fell to Gregory at No. 5 singles, 6-1, 7-6 (7-5).
The Fighting Owls return to competition this weekend when they travel to Mercer County College in West Windsor, N.J. this weekend for the ITA/Wilson Northeast Regional Championships.