As of late, the Shepherd University women’s tennis team has endured a rough stretch. Nothing changed over the past week, as the Lady Rams endured two crushing Mountain East Conference defeats.
On Oct. 5, the Rams took on the Golden Eagles of Charleston down in the capitol of the Mountain State. The Rams left empty-handed, losing by a final of 8–1. No doubt that drive back up the state was not exactly pleasant.
Katelyn Mumaw posted the only victory for the Rams, defeating her opponent Ana Maria Pena 7–5, 6–4. Jana Jones fell 6–2, 6–3, Alice D’Alauro lost 6–1, 6–1 and Stacy Brewbaker was defeated 6–1, 6–0. Emily Johnson lost 6–1, 6–0 while Chloe Raines fell 6–1, 6–1. Without a doubt, that was a very tough stretch of singles tennis for the Rams. However, it isn’t like things improved in doubles play.
Katelyn Mumaw and teammate Jana Jones lost 8–4, while Chloe Raines and Emily Johnson lost by the same score. Alice D’Alauro and Stacy Brewbaker fell by a score of 8–3. Needless to say, the Rams could not get out of the capitol quickly enough. It was a fairly tough day for Shepherd.
It’s not like things improved the next day when the Lady Rams took on West Virginia State. The Rams managed to win at least one match against Charleston; that couldn’t even be managed against Yellow Jackets. A tough road trip turned that much worse quickly.
Brittany Franco defeated Katelyn Mumaw 6–1, 6–0 while Andreea Slusarciuc beat Jana Jones in the exact same manner. Cora Berna took down Stacy Brewbaker 6–0, 6–1 while Diana Cotoros defeated Emily Johnson 6–0, 6–2. To round out the singles, Jordan Kerns defeated Chloe Raines 6–0, 6–1 while Nadia Grlj beat Brooke Davis 6–0, 6–2. To put it lightly, a rough go of it for the Lady Rams.
Things only got worse during doubles. Brittany Franco and Andreea Slusarciuc defeated Katelyn Mumaw and Jana Jones soundly, 8–0. Alice D’Alauro and Stacy Brewbaker had a marginally better showing, falling to Cora Berna and Nadia Grlj 8–1. To finish up the affair, Charlotte Sandy and Jordan Kerns took down Chloe Raines and Emily Johnson 8–0. At this point, the Lady Rams were definitely ready to get back to Shepherdstown.
This past Friday’s match has been rescheduled. It was delayed due to the pervasive rainfall of the past week. The Shepherd women’s tennis team really needs to start getting things in order, as they have the Mountain East Conference Championships fast approaching. Now is definitely the time to regroup.