Panthers Battle Before Falling 4-3 To Drake
Feb. 12, 2012
MILWAUKEE - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's tennis team put up a great fight before dropping a 4-3 decision to Drake Saturday at LeClub.
The Panthers (4-3) won the doubles point and captured a pair of singles matches but could not pull out a third singles point to claim the victory.
"This was a very tough loss," head coach Sean McInerney said. "We had an opportunity to beat a very good team and couldn't find a way to get that fourth point. Our effort was there but we simply have to get better to beat teams of this quality and depth. We need to get more out of our bottom half of our lineup if we want to reach our goals this season. I am very confident we will keep working hard and get better every day."
The match started on the right foot for the Panthers, with Maddy Soule and Christina Colarossi teaming up for an 8-4 win in the top doubles slot. Kristin Kurer and Kelly Fritz added an 8-3 win in the third spot to give Milwaukee the doubles point.
"Winning the doubles point gave us a real chance to win this match," McInerney said. "I have been very happy with how we have been playing in doubles and it continued today."
Singles then started well for Milwaukee, with Soule winning in straight sets in the top spot. Chelsea Bailey also won in three sets in the second spot but UWM could not pull out another victory. Kristin Kurer had the best chance, dropping a three-set decision at six-singles.
"Maddy and Chelsea have continued to play outstanding for us at the top of the lineup," McInerney said. "The performance Chelsea had today was one of the best matches I have seen since I have been at Milwaukee. Both players were outstanding and the fact that Chelsea kept battling and won in the end says a lot about the type of competitor she is. She is an extremely talented player."