Hanover, NH - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon women's tennis team squared off against SUNY Delhi on Saturday afternoon in a match with North Atlantic Conference playoff implications. On a day that saw several very tightly contested flights, the Broncos outlasted the Hornets, 5-4, to earn their first win of the season and stay alive for a playoff berth. The Hornets fall to 3-7 in conference and 2-3 in NAC play.
Lyndon earned the first point of the day as Oo Mai Be (Winooski, VT) and Susmita Mangar (Winooski, VT) cruised to an 8-2 win over the Delhi duo of Makalia Bean and Jenna Reilly in thrid doubles. The Broncos rebounded, however, as Madison Saleman and Susan Hoskins edged Faibe Achinda (Hinesburg, VT) and Erica Hayakawa (Fukuoka, Japan) 9-8 (7-5) at #2 doubles and Hailey Gundersen and Mackenzie Landman defeated Emilie Dube (Bristol, CT) and Savannah Jackson(Barre, VT) 8-3 at #1 doubles.
Ro Ze Yar (Winooski, VT) evened the match with a commanding 6-1, 6-0 win over Delhi's Emily Kleiner at #6 singles and Jackson put the Hornets in front with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Sarah Krzyston at #3 singles.
Gunderson evened the match again with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Rebekah Delgado (Jersey City, NJ). Landman then outlasted Dube, 7-6 (7-1), 6-2 at first singles to put Delhi back in front. Needing a win to keep Hornet hopes alive, Be battled to a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 win at #5 singles to make it 4-4 with only #4 singles yet to be completed.
In the deciding match, Achinda dropped the first set but came back to win the second against Saleman. In the third and deciding set Achinda jumped in front 2-1 but Saleman ran off three straight games and pulled out a 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 win to give the Broncos the match.
The Hornets close the regular season at home on Sunday afternoon when they host Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts at noon at the Dudley Bell Tennis Center.
Lyndon remains alive for a NAC playoff berth and can clinch the #3 seed with a win over MCLA. If MCLA should win, the Hornets can also earn a playoff spot if NVU-Johnson defeats Delhi in their match on Sunday. The official seedings will be announced on Sunday evening. The top four finishers in the NAC regular season standings earn berths, with the Championship Tournament to be held at the Woburn Racquet Club in Woburn, MA next Saturday.