PHILADELPHIA – After playing its first five matches on the road, the Philadelphia University women's tennis team opened up its home schedule with a 5-4 non-conference loss to Daemen Saturday afternoon on the Abraham Salaman Tennis Courts.
Philadelphia's top doubles tandem of Jala Hamada (Giza, Egypt/Dar El-Tarbia, IGCSE) and Linde Zwaan (Apeldoorn, Netherlands/Gymnasium Apeldoorn) earned the Rams' first point and evened its record at 3-3 with an 8-4 victory over Karli Hollins and Jessica Robins.
Hamada and Zwaan were also successful in singles play, picking up straight set wins to give the Rams three points. In the No. 1 singles match, Hamada knocked off Hollins 6-2, 6-4 to notch her second win of the year. Zwaan picked up a hard-fought 6-4, 6-4 win against Hayle Scanlan in No. 2 singles to improve to a team-high 4-2.
Katelyn High (Lancaster, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 triumph against Delaney Fragale at No. 6 and move her singles record to 3-2.
The match came down to the No. 4 singles match, which went three sets. The Rams' Usha Baublitz (New Freedom, Pa./Susquehannock) claimed the first set in a tiebreak 7-6 (7-5). Gretchen Ringler came back to even the match with a 7-6 (7-5) set two win. Ringler went on to win a tight third set, 6-4, and claim the match for the visitors.
Philadelphia is now 2-4 in 2016, while Daemen goes to 2-2.
The Rams return to the court with a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference match against Chestnut Hill on Friday, Sept. 23 at 3:30 p.m.
DAEMEN 5, PHILADELPHIA U. 4
1. Jala Hamada (PHI) def. Karli Hollins (DC) 6-2, 6-4
2. Linde Zwaan (PHI) def. Hayle Scanlan (DC) 6-4, 6-4
3. Gretchen Ringler (DC) def. Usha Baublitz (PHI) 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
4. Jessica Robins (DC) def. Mariana Sampaio (PHI) 6-4, 6-1
5. Shaylah Iverson (DC) def. Emily Zygmunt (PHI) 7-5, 6-2
6 Katelyn High (PHI) def. Delaney Fragale (DC) 6-1, 6-2
1. Hamada/Zwaan (PHI) def. Hollins/Robins (DC) 8-4
2. Scanlan/Ringler (DC) def. Baublitz/Sampaio (PHI) 8-5
3. Fragale/Iverson (DC) def. Zygmunt/High (PHI) 8-3