WENHAM, Mass.- The fifth-seeded Eastern Nazarene College women's tennis team defeated fourth-seeded Gordon 5-2 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference Tournament quarterfinals Wednesday afternoon to capture the program's first-ever playoff victory.
The Lions improve to 10-4 on the season and advance to the CCC semifinals for the first time in program history with their first win over Gordon since 1996. The Fighting Scots fall to 6-5 overall with the result.
The visitors clung to a narrow 2-1 lead after doubles play.
Eastern Nazarene chalked up three singles victories to clinch the match and move onto the semifinal round to face top-seed Nichols October 17.
Ruttkowski downed Katherine Jeffreys at the No. 2 singles position 6-1, 7-6.
Duval notched her team-leading 12th singles win of the fall with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Hall at the third spot.
Steelman collected her 11th singles victory of the year at the No. 4 slot, triumphing 7-6, 6-1 over Berry.
Cressman suffered a 6-0, 6-2 setback to Brucker at the fifth position.
Up next, the Lions return home to host Bridgewater State October 12 on Senior Day.