Gophers Move Over .500 as Bercovici Improves to 8-1

TOWSON, Md. — Goucher's Amanda Bercovici (Hackensack, N.J./Bergen Tech) improved to 8-1 in singles play this season as her 6-0, 6-0 victory over Stephanie Harnden at No. 1 this afternoon propelled the Gophers past Penn State Harrisburg, 8-1.

The Gophers (2-1) started singles play with a 3-0 lead thanks to victories by Bercovici and Kirsten Cianci (Bolton, Conn./Bolton) at No. 1, Emily Ruff (Easton, Md./Easton) and Alice Goldstein-Plesser (Durham, N.C./Durham School of the Arts) at No. 2 and Sarah Callander (South Westbrook, Vt./Woodstock Union) and Claire Donnelly (Frederick, Md./Frederick) at No. 3 during the doubles competition. Bercovici and Cianci didn't lose a game in their match; Ruff and Goldstein-Plesser downed Alejandra Portillo and Laura Lin, 8-2, and Callander and Donnelly were 8-3 winners over Amanda Herr and Jasmine Brawner.

Goldstein-Plesser took on Theodora Avramidis at No. 2 singles and prevailed 7-5, 6-4. At No. 3, Ruff turned back Portillo 6-4, 6-2, at No. 4, Hanora Barron (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn) knocked off Herr 6-4, 6-0, and at No. 5, Derham defeated Brawner 6-1, 6-1.

The Nittany Lions (1-3) secured their only team point at No. 6 singles.