(yumacs.com) The Yeshiva University women’s tennis team opened up Skyline play with a come-from-behind victory over Manhattanville College, 5-4, on the Manhattanville Tennis Courts on Sunday.
Yeshiva (2-0, 1-0 Skyline) trailed 2-1 after doubles play, but came back to win four out of six singles flights to earn the conference victory.
With the match tied, 4-4, it came down to senior Michal Ladenheim against sophomore Kelsey Ulzheimer, at No. 4 singles, to determine which team would take home the win. Ladenheim won the seven-point tiebreaker to win the first set, 7-6 (4), and then won every game in the second to clinch the win for the Maccabees.
“Today was a gritty win,” Yeshiva University Head Coach Danielle Carr said. “We really had to dig deep and find out what we were made of as a team in order to get these five courts.”
Senior Amanda Berlin and first-year player Deborah Frewa teamed up to earn Yeshiva’s lone doubles win, at the third position, 8-3.
After the Valiants (0-1, 0-1 Skyline) won the next two doubles matches, Yeshiva was put in a 2-1 hole. Berlin got the Macs off to a strong start in singles play, winning the sixth flight by scores of 6-1, 6-1, to tie the match, 2-2. Frewa continued YU’s momentum by winning every game at No. 5 singles to propel the Blue and White to a 3-2 advantage. Senior Shana Adler earned a convincing victory at the second singles position, 6-2, 6-2.
It was Manhattanville’s turn to rally, as the home team earned wins at No. 1 singles, and then the third singles flight, to tie the match at 4-4.
Ladenheim stepped up at the fourth singles position and won both sets to send the Maccabees home with a key Skyline victory.
“This win taught us that we have to concentrate on our mental fortitude and our physical stamina in order to make it to the finish line,” Carr said. “The coaching staff is very proud of the players. It was a great way to begin conference play.”