Russell Records First Win as Head Coach in 5-4 Win Over Penn State Abington

ABINGTON, Pa. - The Mustangs convincingly won all three of the doubles matchups this afternoon giving them the edge in a close battle over non-conference opponent, Penn State Abington. The victory marked the first win under new head tennis coach, Matthew Russell.

The No. 1 doubles team, seniors Susannah Hoblitzell (Towson, Md./Towson) and Megan Heagy (Bel Air, Md./Fallston), only conceded one game to the Penn State Abington duo of Jenny Abraham and Lori Phillips. Also only conceding one game was the No. 3 junior pair of Jordan Rupard (North Beach, Md./Southern) and Rachel Sandora (Bellmawr, N.J./Wildwood). This was Rupard and Sandora's first victory since October 2, 2011 where they defeated Goucher 8-5 in a Fall season tournament.

Hoblitzell teamed up with sophomore Katie Fersch (Mechanicsburg, Md./Chopticon) to record their first combined win of the season at No. 2 doubles.

In singles action, Heagy and Rupard posted wins over their opponents at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Heagy led the team only conceding a single game in both her doubles and singles match. Rupard defeated Penn State Abington's Olya Popili in straight sets, 7-6, 6-3.

At No. 1 and No. 5 singles respectively, Hoblitzell and Fersch, both split sets with their opponents, but fell in tiebreakers for the third set.