ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. - Wesley College players won four tie breakers as the Wolverines survived for an exciting 5-4 win over St. Mary's (Md.) in CAC action.
Two of those tie breakers came in the final match to be completed with the teams tied at 4-4. Wesley's (1-2, 1-2 CAC) Caitlin Grinstead (Dover, Del./Dover) won a first set tie break 7-5 and took one in the second set 8-6 to claim a 7-6, 7-6 victory and lift the Wolverines to the team win.
The team win snapped Wesley's 15-match losing streak dating back to 2008 and was the first Capital Athletic Conference win for the Wolverines since joining the conference that same year.
The match started in doubles, where Rebecca Pennington (Earleville, Md./Bohemia Manor) and Marina Palma (Lanham, Md./Duvall) teamed up for an 8-2 win at first doubles. The Seahawks, however, took the remaining two matches and the teams entered singles action with Wesley trailing 2-1.
St. Mary's (4-3, 0-1 CAC) won a medical forfeit at No. 3 singles before Pennington won for the second time on the afternoon with a 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 win over Michelle Compton. Kori Isken (Wilmington, Del./St. Mark's) defeated Katie Lackler 6-1, 7-5 at second singles to tie it up.
Palma put Wesley ahead 4-3 after an 11-9 tie break in the second set gave her a 6-0, 7-6 win at fourth singles. St. Mary's Kathleen Ramsey won at sixth singles to tie things with only fifth singles still in action.
Wesley will try to stay in the win column on March 30 when the Wolverines travel to Stevenson for a CAC match.