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Eagles Tennis Earns Tight Conference Win

(Posted September 27, 2005)

Megan Carpenter rallied to earn a three-set victory to secure a Juniata victory over Susquehanna.

Huntingdon, Pa.? Megan Carpenter (Huntingdon/Huntingdon) rallied from a one-set deficit to earn a victory at the sixth singles position to clinch a 5-4 Juniata College women?s tennis victory over visiting Susquehanna in Commonwealth Conference action in Huntingdon Tuesday afternoon. The win improved the Eagles to 7-3 on the season, and brought their conference record to 2-3. The Crusaders fell to 4-4 overall and 2-3 in conference play.

Juniata?s victory kept the team?s hopes alive for earning one of the four conference postseason spots. Entering play on Tuesday four of the teams in the conference had two wins in conference play.

With the teams tied with four wins apiece, and trailing 4-2 in the second set, Carpenter rallied to take second set and then held off a late charge in the third set to claim the 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 win that secured the win for the Eagles. The win was Capenter?s sixth singles victory of the season.

Also winning their singles matches on the afternoon were Caroline Weisser (York Suburba/York) and Molly Coursey (Westminster/Hanover). Weisser posted a 6-1, 6-3 victory at second singles while Course earned a 6-4, 6-2 triumph at the fourth singles spot.

Juniata took an early lead in the match by claiming two of the three doubles contests. Weisser teamed with Ashley Andrews (Altoona/Altoona) to record an 8-3 win at the top doubles position. Coursey and Carpenter then matched that score with an 8-3 victory at third doubles.

Juniata will close out its conference season on Saturday when the Eagles take on Commonwealth foe Moravian in a road match. The Eagles will likely need to earn a win in the match to have a shot at a postseason berth.

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