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Women's Tennis Falls In Patriot League Tournament Quarterfinals

April 28, 2007

EASTON, Pa. - The Lafayette women's tennis team headed down I-78 to Bethlehem on Saturday for the opening round of the 2007 Patriot League Tournament. The fourth-seeded Leopards left that afternoon with a 4-0 loss to host Lehigh, which came in as the fifth seed.

The teams played in the first match of the day, and Lehigh started things off with a sweep in doubles action. The Leopards put up a valiant effort in both the second and third flights, as the pairs lost by but three points or less in both matches.

In singles singles play, sophomore Julia Strang stepped into the top spot and was handed a 6-1, 6-3 loss to Lehigh's Gwen Dwyer. Freshman Ansley Scudder played in the third flight and fell 6-3, 6-1, while junior Jacqui Bonder dropped a 6-2, 6-2 match at sixth singles to secure the Mountain Hawks win.

The match marked the end of the Leopards' season, as the team finished 6-7 on the year. The Leopards return all but one player for 2008, as co-captain Danielle Bailey will graduate in May.

Match Results

1. Dwyer/Schwartz (LU) def. Bailey/Clark (LC) 8-2
2. Arthofer/Furman (LU) def. Strang/Sykes (LC) 8-6
3. Vityuk/Murasko-Blank (LU) def. Scudder/Bonder (LC) 8-5

Singles 1. Gwen Dwyer (LU) def. Julia Strang (LC) 6-1, 6-3 2. Alexis Jacobi (LU) vs. Danielle Bailey (LC) 4-6, 3-0, DNF 3. Allison Schwartz (LU) def. Ansley Scudder (LC) 6-3, 6-1 4. Julie Arthofer (LU) vs. Lauren Clarke (LC) 3-6, 2-3, DNF 5. Francesca Murasko-Blank (LU) vs. Sarah Sykes 3-6, 1-3, DNF 6. Ruthie Furman (LU) def. Jacqui Bonder (LC) 6-2, 6-2