The University of Rhode Island women’s tennis team dropped their second straight match on Tuesday, losing 6-1 against Albany, with their only win coming from senior Kathleen Uy’s singles victory.
The match began for the Rams with the doubles play of senior Nithila Asokaraj and Uy on one court and junior Elizaveta Sadovnikova and sophomore Jordan Rucks on another. Neither pairing faired particularly well with Sadovnikova and Rucks going down 8-2, and Asokaraj and Uy losing 8-6. The result was a 1-0 deficit for Rhode Island heading into the singles matches.
“We have really tried to work and improve on our doubles,” Uy said. “That was one of our main weaknesses last year and now we have worked so we can all play doubles.”
Going forward, the singles matches did not go well for the Rams, either. Three of the six singles positions were taken in straight sets, while the others were very competitive. The first singles position to finish was Sadovnikova, who lost 6-0 and 6-2 to University of Albany’s Alba Sala, putting Rhode Island down 2-0.
The next two matches to finish were more of the same for the Rams with Albany’s Ana Gluman defeating Rucks 6-3 and 6-3, and Asokaraj dropping her match to the Great Danes’ Paulina Torres 6-4 and 6-3. This put Rhode Island behind 4-0 and gave Albany control of the overall competition.
Although the next two singles positions each ended in a loss for the Rams, there were some close battles on display. URI sophomore Taylor Holden, Atlantic 10 Performer of the Week last week, put up a fight against Albany’s Dajana Ognjenovic after beginning with a first set loss, 6-2. She came back to take the second set 6-4 before eventually succumbing to a tough third set defeat in tiebreakers, 10-7.
On the next court it was Rhode Island sophomore Anna Peacock, who wound up losing the first set 6-1 to the Great Danes’ Cheryl Kukkonen. The following set however was taken by Peacock 6-4, but she would suffer a tough third set losing handily by a 6-1 count.
The last match was the player of the meet for Rhode Island as Uy took on Mireille Hermans. Uy fell in the first set 7-5, but fought back and seized the second set 7-6. She won the Rams’ only point by winning the final set 10-5.
“I think my performance was just confidence and my teammates cheering me on,” Uy said. “I think confidence was a big part of it, and it being my last year I wanted to redeem myself from my close loss earlier in the year at Puerto Rico. I think this was kind of redemption for me. ”
Following their three-game win streak, their defeat at Albany marks the Rams’ second straight loss, but there are still positives in the results according to Uy.
“This is definitely the most talented team we have had in my four years,” Uy said. “We are all close too since it is such a small team and that definitely helps us.”
The Rams next match was Thursday at home against Stony Brook, but it was been postponed because of an impending storm. Â For now, Rhode Island will take on Army at home on Saturday.