WILMINGTON, Del. - - Sophomore Begona Gomar earned a point at number one singles, but the Wilmington University fell to Oracle/ITA Division II Women's Nationally ranked No. 41 Queens, 8-1, on Saturday afternoon at the Delcastle Tennis Center.
It was the third team in a row that the Wildcats (1-3) played that was ranked in the final Oracle/ITA Division II East Region Poll, as the Knights were ranked second at year's end last spring.
Junior Anushka Sathe and sophomore Andrea Ribalta made the East Region's No. 9 doubles team work hard for their point at number one doubles, as the combo of Reehan Rashad and Laura Ortega Jover came out on top, 8-4, for Queens (5-0).
The highlight of the match came at number one singles, as Gomar took down the East Region's No. 8 singles player for the Wildcats' lone point. After dropping the first set, Gomar came back to even the match, 6-4, in the second. Gomar then put Rashed away, 10-7. Gomar was ranked tied for 20th in the final East Region Singles Rankings last spring.
Tess Paya gave everything she had at fifth singles, but fell just short, 4-6 and 4-6. Laura Ortega Jover is also ranked 12th in singles for the Queens, as she took down Sathe at number three singles, 6-0 and 6-1.
Sabrina Blasi-Smith went the distance at number six singles for the Wildcats, but couldn't find the magic touch in the third set, falling 6-1, 0-6, and 0-6.
The season doesn't get any easier for the Wildcats, as they now begin Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference play on Tuesday afternoon. They host Chestnut Hill in a conference battle at the Delcastle Tennis Center with the first serve slated for 3:00 p.m.