The Ohio Dominican women's tennis team rebounded Sunday with a dramatic 5-4 win over Saginaw Valley State University. Fighting off five match points, Regina Camberos (Jr./San Luis Potosi, Mexico) pulled off an unlikely win on court six, clinching the GLIAC match for the Panthers.
Doubles play saw ODU earn 2-of-3 courts to build the early lead. Ana Pico (So./A Corona, Spain) and Gabriela Bowe (Fr./Freeport, Bahamas) won on court two, 8-5 for the Panthers first point. On court one, Camberos and Alejandra Gonzalez (So./Caracas, Venezuela) held off their opponents late, serving out the match, winning 8-6.
Singles play saw many rollercoaster's of emotions as both teams jockeyed for control of the match. Just when it looked as though SVSU would walk away with the conference win, Pico rallied in her third set to earn the 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 win. With the match knotted at 4-4, Camberos had already saved 2 match points to win a tight second set. Heading to a decisive final set, the Cardinals gained control late, taking a 5-3 lead before Camberos rallied to win the remaining four games, clinching the Panthers seventh GLIAC win of the season. Bowe picked up another singles win on court three, winning 6-2, 6-2 for ODU's third singles point.
"We struggled tremendously on Saturday and it was a great conclusion to a difficult weekend to see the girls continue to battle through tough opponents," said head coach Ryan Beigle. "We have a difficult road ahead but I'm excited to see what girls can bring to the table."
The Panthers will look to carry their momentum into the final two weeks of the regular season as they return to action on Friday, October 17th as they travel to Ferris State University for a showdown with the Bulldogs. The match is set to begin at 3:00 p.m.