Gophers to Host Women's Tennis Semifinal Wednesday

Gophers to Host Women's Tennis Semifinal Wednesday

Baum's Netters Already Own 7-2 Triumph Over Eagles

TOWSON, Md. — The Landmark Conference'stop-seeded women's tennis team will host Juniata on Wednesday at 3:00 in the semifinals of the 2013 postseason tournament.

After winning the first five matches of its conference season, Goucher fell at Scranton in its final regular season match. The Gophers, however, had already clinched the top position in the postseason tournament, which will begin tomorrow.

Goucher joined Moravian as the only schools since the formation of the Landmark Conference to earn the top seed multiple times. The Gophers finished the 2010-11 regular season with a 5-0 record to earn the No. 1 billing.

The first time these two teams met in 2012-13, Goucher defeated Juniata on the road, 7-2. In that match, the Gophers took all three doubles matches to jump out to an early 3-0 lead.

At top doubles Ariel Lin (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris Central) and Meaghan Lee (Potomac, Md./Winston Churchill) posted an 8-5 win over Heather Waring and Megan Phillips. At No. 2, Alex Walsh (Greens Farm, Conn./Staples) and Addie Maxwell (Southwest Harbor, Maine/Mount Desert Island) turned back Tori Gray and Mitsuki Koh, 9-7.

Kelsey Turner (Philadelphia, Pa./Germantown Friends) and Emily Ruff (Easton, Md./Easton) also earned a point for Goucher during the doubles competition as they defeated Jacklyn Renninger and Cara Stough, 8-3, at No. 3.

Lin, Lee, Maxwell and Ruff all won their singles matches as Goucher won four of the five singles matched that were able to be completed, losing another due to retirement.

The Gophers are expected to roll out the same lineup in doubles tomorrow. The top four singles positions are projected to remain constant as well, with Ruff moving up to No. 5 and Kirsten Cianci (Bolton, Conn./Bolton) expected to slide into the final singles position.

Juniata's lineup has not been announced.

The combination of Lee and Lin finished the season 12-3. Maxwell and Walsh were 10-2 together. The pair of Turner and Ruff sported a 3-4 record, but finished 3-1 in Landmark play.

At top singles, Lin, the reigning Landmark Rookie of the Year, is 12-2 this season. Lee is 9-4 at second singles. Walsh finished the season 8-1 at third singles, while Maxwell was 9-1 at No. 4.

Maxwell won all six Landmark matches this season.

Ruff, who finished 10-3 on the year, was 6-0 at No. 6 before moving up a spot in the lineup. Cianci is 3-1 at No. 6 this year.

The winner of this match will face the winner of the other semifinal featuring Catholic and Scranton. Should the Gophers win, they will host on Saturday. As the No. 4 seed, the Eagles would travel should they win, regardless of opponent.

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