Richmond Slips Past Lady Pirates, 4-3
March 29, 2011
RICHMOND, Va. - Richmond rallied back after dropping the doubles point and used Alexandra Smyth's 7-6, 6-3 victory over Yilian Zhang in a No. 5 singles match to earn a 4-3 non-conference win over East Carolina Tuesday afternoon at Westhampton Courts.
The Spiders, who won for the sixth time in their last seven outings, improved to 10-5 with the triumph while the setback dropped the Lady Pirates' record to 15-7.
ECU used victories by tandems Jessica Cook and Zhang at the No. 3 position and Natalie Collins and Petra Vogel at No. 1 to capture the doubles point. Cook and Zhang pushed their record to 4-1 after posting an 8-3 win over Elizabeth Sims and Alexandra Smyth while Collins and Vogel extended their team-best spring pairs mark to 12-5 after defeating Sydney Grant and Joanna Matuszczyk 9-7.
After Richmond opened singles play with victories at the No. 2, No. 6 and No. 4 slots to take a 3-1 lead, Vogel helped East Carolina close to within one with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 decision against Grant before Smyth clinched the Spiders' team win. Cook closed out the match and tallied ECU's last point by outlasting UR's Helen Cunningham 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in a No. 1 meeting.
The Lady Pirates will return home to face Gardner-Webb Saturday at 11 a.m., which will mark East Carolina's last weekend match of the season at the ECU Tennis Complex.
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