Women’s Tennis Rallies from 3-0 Down to Top Rochester, 5-4

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo senior Marylen Santos and sophomore Lauren Salzano took three-set victories, securing the decisive points in helping the Knights to a come-from-behind 5-4 win at Rochester on Thursday. The victory for Santos was her 64th career singles win, setting a new Geneseo program record. Geneseo, ranked No. 18 in the Northeast by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) in its latest poll released today, improves to 13-3 on the season, snapping a three-match losing streak. Rochester came into the match ranked No. 20 in the Northeast. 

The host Yellowjackets opened up a 3-0 lead by sweeping the doubles. The closest match was a 9-8 (7) win at number-one by the Rochester duo of Christine Ho and Camilia Garcia, ranked No. 9 in the Northeast. Rochester was left needing only two points in the singles to take the match.

Geneseo rallied, however, capturing the first three singles matches to finish: sophomore Anika Pornpitaksuk at number-five (6-1, 6-1), senior Cat Crummey at number-one singles (6-3, 6-1) and first-year Sabrina Ferretti at number-six (6-3, 6-3). Crummey came into the match ranked No. 24 in singles in the Northeast.

Rochester took a 4-3 advantage with a win at number-five that went three sets, and it fell on the matches of Santos and Salzano to determine the contest, with both going into a third set. Santos claimed the number-two match, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2, and minutes later Salzano notched the decisive point, rallying from a set down to win 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Santos already established new Geneseo records for career doubles wins (71) and combined wins (135) earlier this season. She is also tied with Crummey and Lauren Johnson '12 for the record of most doubles wins in a season. All three players have 21 victories, with Crummey reaching that number last season and Johnson in 2009-10. Crummey, Santos' partner in all but one match this season, has 20 wins this year.

Crummey recently moved into the Geneseo career top-10 in singles wins and her victory today gives her 39 in just two seasons, tied for ninth all-time with Krissy Feikert '07. Junior Maggie Hale has also recently claimed a spot in the Geneseo records books, jumping into the doubles' career top-10 list, where her 43 career wins place her ninth.

The Knights have two home matches remaining on their spring schedule before taking part in the NCAA Tournament. They will host St. Lawrence on Saturday, April 23 at 2 p.m. and face RIT on Wednesday, April 27 in a match rescheduled from April 7.

Geneseo 5, Rochester 4

#1 Doubles:
Christine Ho/Camila Garcia def. Marylen Santos/Cat Crummey (G) 9-8 (7)

#2 Doubles:
Lauren Zickar/Alex Wolkoff (R) def. Lauren Salzano/Maggie Hale (G) 8-4

#3 Doubles:
Darby McCall/Grace Digiovanni def. Rachel Ollis/Corinne Heitmann (G) 8-5

#1 Singles:
Crummey (G) def. Ho (R) 6-3, 6-1

#2 Singles:
Santos (G) def. Garcia 6-3, 2-6, 6-2

#3 Singles:
Salzano (G) def. Wolkoff (R) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

#4 Singles:
Pornpitaksuk (G) def. Zickar (R) 6-1, 6-1

#5 Singles:
McCall (R) def. Hale (G) 6-1, 3-6, 6-1

#6 Singles:
Ferretti (G) def. Digiovanni (R) 6-3, 6-3