Gophers Pin 8-1 Setback on Crusaders

Gophers Pin 8-1 Setback on Crusaders

Gophers Pin 8-1 Setback on Crusaders

Strong Finish in Singles Play Key to Non-Conference Victory 

Oct. 11, 2007

TOWSON, Md. - The outcome of Goucher's match against Susquehanna today was very much up in the air at the conclusion of doubles play and the early results from the six singles matches didn't make things any clearer.

The Gophers, however, settled matters by winning the second sets of every singles match and then prevailing in three super-tiebreakers to complete an 8-1 victory over the Crusaders (3-4).

Goucher led 2-1 after the three doubles matches. Joan Pulupa (Gaithersburg, MD/Richard Montgomery) and Tanya Cooley (Arlington, VA/Wakefield) posted an 8-5 win over Brittany Guerin and Alexandra Tonetti at No. 1, and Christina Grimm (Greenwich, CT/New Hampton) and Chloe Scott-Giry (Amagansett, NY/The Ross School) defeated Julie Springer and Jessi Haas by the same score at No. 2.

Both teams prevailed in the first sets of three singles matches with the Gophers (4-2) gaining the upper hand at No. 1 where Carly Heinz (Scotch Plains, NJ/Scotch Plains-Fanwood) would go on to defeat Guerin 6-4, 6-2, at No. 4 where Mouna Attarha (Piedmont, CA/Piedmont) proceeded to take down Springer 6-3, 6-2, and at No. 6 where Stella Day (Bellingham, WA/Sehome) polished off Beth Lawrence 6-0, 6-3.

That sewed up the victory for Goucher, but Pulupa, Cooley and Grimm all battled back after being down a set to help the Gophers pull off a sweep of the singles matches. Pulupa defeated Shelby Werronen 5-7, 7-6 (3), 1-0 (10-8) at No. 2, Cooley rallied for a 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-3) triumph over Tonetti at No. 3, and Grimm was a 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-8) winner over Haas at No. 5.

The two teams will meet again on April 19 in Selinsgrove, Pa., in their official Landmark Conference match.