OLEAN, N.Y. - Saint Joseph's junior Kelly Mulquin rallied back from three match points to earn a critical singles win to help the Hawks' women's tennis team top St. Bonaventure, 4-3, Saturday afternoon.
With the match even at 3-3, the game rested on the result of the fourth singles match between Mulquin and the Bonnies' Mariam Skhirtladze. Skhirtladze took the first set, 4-6, and was on the verge of closing out the match with three set points in the second set. Falling behind 3-5, Mulquin reversed the momentum and rallied to win four-straight games to take the second set, then dominated the third set for the win, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.
The Hawks (7-4) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the match, taking the first and third doubles matches. Aurora Davis and Devi Jadeja teamed for an 8-1 win at the top flight, while Arianne Polatnick and Anne Marie Devlin posted an 8-0 win at the third flight.
In singles, Polatnick was a 6-0, 6-0 winner at the sixth flight, while Claire Minnoe picked up SJU's second singles win with a 6-0, 6-0 victory at the fifth flight.
The Bonnies scored wins at the top three flights, leading to the exciting finish between Mulquin and Martinez-Santori.
Saint Joseph's returns to action Sunday at Bucknell.
1. Aurora Davis/Devi Jadeja (SJU) def. Marisa Brossard/Mara Martinez-Santori (SBU) 8-1
2. Kristina Eisenbrand/Lauren Roy (SJU) def. Fatya Amiri/Mariam Skhirtladze (SBU) Unfinished
3. Arianne Polatnick/Anne Marie Devlin (SJU) def. Emily Rosman/Taylor Cole (SBU) 8-0
1. Fatya Amiri (SBU) def. Aurora Davis (SJU) 6-4, 6-4
2. Marisa Brossard (SBU) def. Kristina Eisenbrand (SJU) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
3. Mara Martinez-Santori (SBU) def. Devi Jadeja (SJU) 6-2, 7-6 (2)
4. Kelly Mulquin (SJU) def. Mariam Skhirtladze (SBU) 4-6, 7-5, 6-2
5. Claire Minnoe (SJU) def. Taylor Cole (SBU) 6-0, 6-0
6. Arianne Polatnick (SJU) def. Emily Rosman (SBU) 6-0, 6-0