This past weekend, the University of Rhode Island women’s tennis team went one and one as they played away at both Davidson and Wofford.
In what was the first time playing outside since October for the Rams. Rhode Island lost 2-5 to Davidson making their overall record 3-5 and 0-1 in Atlantic-10 play.
Davidson would first sweep all three doubles matches to collect their first team point of the day. URI was not down for long as freshman Erin Chratian would even the overall team score as she would dominate Megan Scholvinck (D) 6-2, 6-2 .
Davidson followed back with straight set wins at four and five singles resulting in a 3-2 lead until URI Junior Tiara Higuchi would tie the score up at three a piece with a big win at two singles, winning 6-2 6-2. Rhody’s luck ran out there as Davidson would clinch the match at six singles.
A highlight of the match was at three singles where URI’s Mihaela Codreanu would push it to three sets before losing 3-6, 6-2, 11-9 to Davidson’s Alexandra Abele.
Next on Rhody’s schedule was Wofford. Going into the match Wofford was riding a nice five match win streak before it was snapped by URI, 4-3 this past Sunday at the Reeves Tennis Center. This would be Rhode Island’s third win out of the last four matches. With this also putting their overall record at 4-5.
“The confidence of these girls is back up again after a few touch losses,” said Head Coach Gordie Ernst. “They are learning to get better and showed toughness against these teams and their were just a lot of bright spots in the match.”
After a couple weeks of tough matches, URI faces Sacred Heart whom on paper is a closer match than past matches, but Ernst still stress the factor of confidence is key but to not get overconfident and to stay level headed regardless who they play in the next couple of weeks.
URI’s next match is home against Sacred Heart University on March 6 at 1 p.m.