BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Lehigh improved to 2-1 in Patriot League play with a convincing 6-1 win over American Saturday afternoon at the Lewis Tennis Center. The Mountain Hawks took two of three doubles matches to win the first point, then picked up wins in five singles matches to improve to 8-8 on the season with just two matches remaining. The loss drops American to 2-6 overall, 0-3 in league matches.
All three doubles matches were won convincingly. LU’s Starrine Foster and Alexis Jacobi were beaten at first doubles, but the Mountain Hawks battled back as Gwen Dwyer and Ariela Cohen dispatched Merrisa Hollinger and Brandi Kligman 8-1, and then Cessa Murasko-Blank and Lindsay Long defeated Ali Harrison and Alison Schmidt 8-0 to put the Brown and White up 1-0.
Dwyer improved to 3-0 within the Patriot League at first singles with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Julia Colarusso. Cohen was beaten at second singles by Malvina DeLaCanal, but Jacobi, Schwartz, Murasko-Blank and Foster all rolled to straight set victories, as Lehigh won its eighth match of the season.
There is little time for rest for the Mountain Hawks, who return to the court on Sunday morning as they host Colgate at 10:00 am at the Lewis Tennis Center. A Lehigh victory on Sunday would all but assure the Mountain Hawks a berth in the Patriot League Tournament.
Lehigh 6 American 1
1. DeLaCanal/Colarusso (AU) def. Foster/Jacobi (LU) 8-2
2. Dwyer/Cohen (LU) def. Hollinger/Kligman (AU) 8-1
3. Murasko-Blank/Long (LU) def. Harrison/Schmidt (AU) 8-0
1. Gwen Dwyer (LU) def. Julia Colarusso (AU) 6-3, 7-5
2. Malvina DeLaCanal (AU) def. Ariela Cohen (LU) 6-2, 6-2
3. Alexis Jacobi (LU) def. Ali Harrison (AU) 6-0, 6-1
4. Allie Schwartz (LU) def. Merrisa Hollinger (AU) 6-1, 6-3
5. Cessa Murasko-Blank (LU) def. Brandi Kligman (AU) 6-1, 6-3
6. Starrine Foster (LU) def. Alison Schmidt (AU) 6-2, 6-0