TAMPA, Fla.- The Spider women's tennis team wrapped up spring break play with a 5-2 loss to the South Alabama Jaguars in Tampa on Friday.
"We competed well," said head coach Mark Wesselink. "We got out outdoor season going."
South Alabama jumped out to a 1-0 lead after winning the doubles point.
Melissa Kandinata played a tough three set battle at the no. 1 position where she bounced back from a first set loss to win 2-6, 6-2, 6-3. Anna Abadias won at the no. 3 position, to earn the Spiders second point on the day.
Freshman Emily Gitman played a tight three set match. Gitman lost the first set 7-6, but bounced back to win the second 6-4. The point game down to the last set where she was narrowly edged 11-9 by Maria Papke.
" The future is looking good for the Spiders," said Wesselink.
Richmond will play their first home match on Thursday when they face Georgetown at 2 p.m.
South Alabama 5 Richmond 2
1. Newton/ Meszarosova def. Kandinata/Salas 8-2
2. Ghermani/ Krachok def. Sims/Smyth 8-4
3. Abadias/Gitman v. Papki/Martin unfinished
1. Melissa Kandinata def. Mariya Krachok 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
2. Michaela Meszarosova def. Elizabeth Sims 6-3, 6-3
3. Anna Abadias def. Emily Newton 5-0 retired
4. Mary Angela Martin def. Katya Salas 6-4, 6-3
5.Cinta Maria Papke def Emily Gitman 7-6, 4-6, 11-9
6. Paula Sanchez def. Alex Smyth