Bailey's Win In Tiebreaker Clinches Panthers' Victory Over Youngstown
April 7, 2013
MILWAUKEE - Chelsea Bailey captured the deciding singles match in a thrilling tiebreaker as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's tennis team claimed a 4-3 win over Youngstown State Sunday afternoon at North Shore Elite.
The Panthers (10-8, 3-2 Horizon) won the doubles point, recorded wins in the fifth and sixth singles spots and then saw Bailey pull out the win in the fourth spot. The loss was the first this season in league play for the Penguins (12-8, 3-1), who had won their first three conference matches.
Bailey actually played from behind throughout the deciding third set after seeing her serve broken by Lauren Hankle in the first game. But she eventually fought all the way back and finally claimed an 8-6 win in the tiebreaker when Hankle hit a shot just long.
"This was an outstanding effort and a huge win to keep us in the conversation for a high finish in the conference," Milwaukee head coach Sean McInerney said. "It really says a lot about how hard we are working and how far we have come to bounce back so impressively against the first-place team after such a tough loss last night."
Milwaukee was impressive in capturing three tight wins in doubles play. Maddy Soule and Christina Colarossi won 9-7 in the top spot while Kelly Fritz and Dana Shannon won on a tiebreaker in the second slot. Bailey and Skemp wrapped up the sweep with an 8-6 win in the third spot.
"We played great in doubles all weekend long," McInerney said. "To win all three of the matches today against a team like Youngstown that is very good in doubles shows we can compete with anyone."
UWM has two more home matches next weekend. The Panthers face Chicago State Saturday before welcoming league foe Wright State Sunday.