Winchester, VA - The Mary Baldwin University women's tennis team began the season Saturday evening at Shenandoah University. The Hornets defeated the Fighting Squirrels 9-0.
Mary Baldwin's top two spots are filled by the team's only returning players. Alayah Austin returned for her third season playing the #1 spot losing to Morgan Fuqua 0-6, 0-6. Sakurako Ishii also returned after not playing last season. She fell to Denise Vollmer 1-6, 4-6 at the second singles spot.
Newcomers Esperanza Cadena (#3) and Azaria Marlowe (#4) fell to Alyssa White and Melodie Madison respectively. Because the match had been decided, the final two singles matches played 8 game pro sets. Fathia Mohammed (#5) and Jamie Osorio (#6) rounded out the singles play.
Austin and Ishii fell at the #1 doubles spot 4-8 while Cadena and Marlowe lost at the second spot 2-8. Jacqueline Cottingham and Fathia Mohammed teamed up at the #3 doubles slot.
Mary Baldwin University, 0-1, continue play on March 1 at Southern VA.