NORFOLK, Va. – The Tigers competed in the opening round of
the 2012 Colonial Athletic Association Championships Thursday, but fell to the
Drexel Dragons 4-3 in a tightly contested match at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis
Center on the campus of Old Dominion University.
The ninth-seeded Tigers had already faced eighth-seeded
Dragons earlier this season in Philadelphia. Drexel defeated Towson by a score
of 7-0 on Mar. 10.
Thursday, the Tigers were much improved. Towson battled
Drexel to a 3-3 tie in singles play as the Tigers got wins from sophomore Nisha Shah, freshman Ayana Dow and junior Andrea Samlin.
The match came down to the final doubles pairings after the
Tigers and Dragons split the first two matches. At No.3 doubles, Towson senior Aandria Carr paired with Shah and faced
Drexel’s Nicole Pivonka and Emma Brook. Brook and Pivonka came out
victorious by an 8-4 score to clinch the Dragon victory.
“Credit Drexel, they came out and played well,” Towson Head
Coach Doug Neagle said. “It was gut-wrenching,
but I have a lot of high hopes for next year. We have a young team and will
only get better from this.”