Gophers Trip Up Spartans with Five Wins in Singles Play

Gophers Trip Up Spartans with Five Wins in Singles Play

Bergman, Lin Account for Goucher's Only Win in Doubles Play

TOWSON, Md. — In all nine of Goucher's wins this season, the Gophers prevailed in at least two doubles matches and held the lead going into singles play. By the same token, in each of their five losses, they were down either 2-1 or 3-0 at the conclusion of the doubles competition.

So the chances that head coach Sally Baum's squad would come out on top of York this afternoon must not have appeared all that good when the Spartans took two of the three doubles matches. But the Gophers bounced back to win five of the six singles matches to emerge with a 6-3 victory.

Goucher's only win in doubles play was an 8-1 triumph by Mara Bergman (Summit, N.J./Summit) and Ariel Lin (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris Central) over Katelyn Acker and Samatha Brenner at No. 1. Meaghan Lee (Potomac, Md./Winston Churchill) and Alexandra Walsh (Greens Farms, Conn./Staples) fell 9-7 at No. 2 to Megan McCullin and Emily Price despite holding a 5-2 lead after seven games.

Bergman and Lin were among the winners for Goucher during the singles competition: Bergman, who went up against Brenner at No. 3, needed a third set to complete her 6-0, 3-6, 6-2 victory; Lee improved to 16-1 in singles play this season by topping McCullins at No. 2.

Lee picked up her fifth win of the season at No. 1 singles, 6-3, 6-2 over Acker, and Walsh turned back Vlahos 6-1, 6-3 at No. 4. Addie Maxwell (Southwest Harbor, Maine/Mount Desert Island) ran her winning streak in singles competition to eight by polishing off York's Nicole Olsen 6-2, 6-0 at No. 5.

The Spartans (4-7) picked up their only point in singles play at No. 6 where Price registered a 6-3, 6-0 win over Alyssa Zick (Stewartstown, Pa./Kennard-Dale).

The last time the Gophers (10-5) overcame a deficit heading into singles play to win a match was when they collected four wins during the singles competition to pull out a 5-4 victory over Neumann on Sept. 9, 2009.