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Springfield Defeats Smith in Women's Tennis, 6-3

Sam Carney Springfield, Mass. -- October 5, 2010 -- Behind Amy Shaw, the Springfield College women's tennis team defeated Smith College, 6-3, this afternoon in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference match that started at SC's Julius Appleton Courts and, because of rain, was completed in the SC Field House.

With the win, the Pride is now 2-4 overall, 1-3 in NEWMAC play. Smith falls to 0-5 overall, 0-5 in the conference.

Shaw, a senior co-captain from Walpole, Mass., was a 6-1, 6-1 winner in singles over Smith junior Jaimi Inskeep (Warrenville, Ill). Earlier, Shaw and fellow senior co-captain Kyla Walgren (West Hartford, Conn.) had combined to win their doubles match at No. 1.

After doubles play, SC led, 2-1.

Then at No. 5 singles, sophomore Erin Woodbury (Yarmouth, Me.) gave the Pride a 6-0, 6-2 victory, upping the count to 3-1. SC freshman Jen Cleary (Nahant, Mass.) had some early difficulty against her opponent, junior Gianna Teague (Gahanna, Ohio). Cleary was down a set, 6-2, but was winning the second set, 5-0, when Teague was forced to retire because of injury.

SC sophomore Sam Carney (Franklin, Mass.) produced the clincher at No. 3 singles with a 6-0, 6-4 victory.

The match then moved indoors. Smith sophomore Eunice Zhao (Las Vegas, Nev.) came through with the Pioneers' second team point at No. 6 singles, winning her match, 6-3, 6-4.

Shaw made it 6-2 with her victory at No. 1 singles. And it finally came down to a marathon match at No. 4 singles. Smith junior Clair Oblamski (Elm Grove, Wisc.) outlasted Walgren, 6-3, 5-7 (10-4), winning a third-set super tiebreaker.

1) Amy Shaw/Kyla Walgren (SC) def. Jaimi Inskeep/Gianna Teague (S), 9-7
2) Sam Carney/Jen Cleary (SC) def. Nicole Anderson/Margaret Steiner (S), 8-4
3) Clair Oblamski/Eunice Zhao (S) def. Siana Green/Erin Woodbury (SC), 8-6

1) Amy Shaw (SC) def. Jaimi Inskeep (S), 6-1, 6-1
2) Sam Carney (SC) def. Nicole Anderson (S), 6-0, 6-4
3) Jen Cleary (SC) def. Gianna Teague (S), 2-6, 5-0 forfeit
4) Clair Oblamski (S) def. Kyla Walgren (SC) 6-3, 5-7, (10-4)
5) Erin Woodbury (SC) def. Margaret Steiner (S), 6-0, 6-2
6) Eunice Zhao (S) def. Vanessa Senecal (SC), 6-3, 6-4

Springfield -- 2-4, 1-3 NEWMAC
Smith -- 0-5, 0-5 NEWMAC

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