Apr 24, 2018
WATERVILLE, Maine -- The 40th-ranked Colby College women's tennis team battled back from 3-1 down for a key 6-3 NESCAC win over 27th-ranked Bates College on Tuesday.
The Mules (9-6 overall, 3-5 NESCAC) lost two of the three doubles matches and then fell behind 3-1 when Bates (9-8, 3-4) won a singles match.
"This was an amazing match for our team. It was very difficult conditions to play today, very windy, and it came down to who was tougher and that was us today," Colby head coach Jason Cohen said. "Winning four three-set matches after being down in doubles is a monumental effort from our team to overcome a deficit. Today wasn’t always about who played the best tennis, but who wanted to win more and today that was us.”
Colby's first point of the day came from Jamie Pine and Maddie Lupone (pictured) at third doubles. The pair went up 6-1 before Suzie Elman and Haley Washington of Bates came back to tie it at 6-6. The Mules, who were up 7-6 at one point, earned a 9-7 win.
The Mules' Lydia Venditti fell 7-5 in the first set to Maisie Silverman, but the Colby junior fought back for 6-4 and 6-1 wins to close out the match at the first singles spot.
Gabriela Venditti did it just like her twin sister, falling in the first set and battling back for 6-1 and 6-4 victories in the next two sets.
First-year players Callie Nesbitt and Isha Banerjee both won their first sets for the Mules and then went to third sets to pull out victories. Nesbitt won 6-4 in her third set and Banerjee closed out a 7-5 victory after falling behind 5-4. The matches started outside and had to finish inside due to darkness.
Jessica Tsai had the lone straight sets win for Colby, taking a 6-4, 6-4 victory at fourth singles to cut the lead to 3-2. The two wins by Nesbitt and Banerjee put the Mules ahead for good.
Gabriela Venditti earned the deciding fifth point for the Mules in her win. Lydia Venditti closed out the match with her victory.