On a crisp Tuesday afternoon, the UR women’s tennis team defeated Nazareth College 6-3. During intercollegiate contests, the three doubles matches are always played before the six singles matches – each match is worth one point, and a total of nine points can be won.Juniors Jaymi Della and Tessa Baker won a close match, 9-7, at number three doubles, freshmen Alexa Perry and Colleen Cross lost a close tiebreaker in two doubles and Rochester’s number two doubles team was defeated 8-5. UR needed to win at least four out of the six singles matches to take the win.Freshman Shivani Kumar and Perry finished their matches first at number two and number three singles, respectively, and both came out with decisive wins. Perry defeated Ann Kucheryavenko 6-2, 6-2. Sophomore Dana Sall won her first singles match of the season in straight sets, defeating Kathryn Cross 6-3, 6-1.When Baker lost to Nazareth’s Liz Zimmerli 6-4, 6-3 at number five singles, the Yellowjackets led 4-3 with two matches still being played.Della was the next to finish, and she secured victory for the Yellowjackets by defeating Nazareth’s Betsy O’Brien 4-6, 6-4, 6-1. Head Coach Anna Khvalina said that Della showed great effort in both of her matches.”Jaymi’s match was close with both players competing well,” Khvalina said. “Jaymi had a great showing in both singles and doubles, especially down the stretch. She really stepped it up late in both matches.”Cross, UR’s top player, then won the team’s last point, defeating Angela Tessoni 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 at number one singles.UR returns to action Saturday and Sunday. The Yellowjackets will host the Liberty League Tennis Championsips at the Goergen Athletic Center.Ogorek can be reached at aogorek@campustimes.org.

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