Happy ending

Sara Yost © 2011 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Sara Yost © 2011 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

McDaniel takes 5-4 win over Stevenson on final match

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Sara Yost (Westminster, Md./Francis Scott Key) and Devan Hamric (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) won at No. 2 doubles to break a 4-all deadlock and give McDaniel a 5-4 win over Stevenson in non-conference women's tennis action on Monday.

Trailing 8-7 in the match, the duo forced a tiebreaker. Playing together for just the eighth time this season and only the second time in the last week, Yost and Hamric split the first eight points with Jordan Rupard and Julie Strong in the tiebreaker. Deadlocked at 4-all in the tiebreaker and 4-all in the match, the tandem took the final three points for a 7-4 victory – their second together – to secure the victory for the Green Terror (3-15), who closed the season taking two of its final three matches.

The Mustangs (6-12) won four of the six singles matches before McDaniel was able to sweep doubles play for the win.

Brittany Starlings (Mt. Airy, Md./Linganore) and Carissa Grove (Boonsboro, Md./St. Maria Goretti) took the first doubles match 8-5 while Elise O'Meara (Bowie, Md./Elizabeth Seton) and Becky Putnam (Mt. Airy, Md./Urbana) won by default at No. 3.

Grove's doubles win made her the only two-match winner on the day. She won at No. 2 singles, 6-0, 6-3. Putnam was awarded a win by default at No. 6.

Stephanie Eyler took No. 1 singles 7-6, 6-2 for Stevenson while Ruperd and Michelle Huber were straight-set winners at fourth (6-0, 7-5) and fifth (6-1, 6-3), respectively.

Strong and Hamric went three sets at No. 3. Strong took the opening set 6-3 before Hamric won by the same score to force the deciding set, which Strong won, 7-6.

McDaniel 5, Stevenson 4

1. Stephanie Eyler (S) def. Brittany Starlings 7-6, 6-2;
2. Carissa Grove (M) def. Wendy Ogbolu 6-0, 6-3;
3. Julie Strong (S) def. Devan Hamric 6-3, 3-6, 7-6;
4. Jordan Rupard (S) def. Sara Yost 6-0, 7-5;
5. Michelle Huber (S) def. Elise O'Meara 6-1, 6-3;
6. Becky Putnam (M) won by default

1. Starlings/Grove (M) def. Eyler/Ogbolu 8-5;
2. Yost/Hamric (M) def. Strong/Rupard 9-8 (7-4);
3. O'Meara/Putnam (M) won by default.