Sometimes, with hard work and persistent effort, everything can go just right so the pieces fall into place for an underdog to get a big victory and dethrone the giant.
That happened at the Biola Tennis Center on Saturday evening, as Head Coach Dee Henry's squad upended No. 13 Concordia in a 5-4 match that was clinched in the final singles match after Biola took the final two contests to comeback from a 4-3 deficit.
"Our team was thrilled," said Henry. "It was a total team effort, and the support from every team member is appreciated and important."
Biola looked strong right out of the gate, winning both of the bottom two doubles contests. Henry got steady performances out of her darling duo, Susan Carmichael and Kathryn Ashord, and she got a very solid team effort from Lauren Vogel and Kelsey Post in their 8-5 win at No. 3.
"There were some very good points by all three of our teams," said Henry. "We are playing good doubles."
The singles matches started out tough for Biola, with the first few finishers ending up as Concordia victories. CUI's three individual match wins all came in straight-sets with all six sets ending in decisive fashion with scores of 6-2 or below.
Biola had to work a little harder and a little longer for its singles match wins, especially Carmichael at No. 3 and Maura Lopez on No. 6.
These two spent the most time on the court, grinding back-and-forth with their opponents, but in the end were the two who sealed Biola's slim victory by earning the Eagles' fourth and fifth wins.
Both Carmichael and Lopez had to go to three sets before closing out their opponents from Biola's bitter rivals.
"Susan (Carmichael) played smart, high-percentage tennis," said Henry. "Maura made great decisions. Her opponent came out strong in the second set, but Maura got her serve back to dominate the third set.
Saturday was the Eagles' final home match of the season, and it served as a senior day of sorts for Lopez, a four year Biola tennis player. She got the win to end her career at the Biola Tennis Center on a high note.
The win helps the Eagles improve to 7-14 (2-6 GSAC) as they head into their final two matches of the season next week. They have road contests scheduled at Vanguard on Tuesday and Westmont on Friday.