Concordia (N.Y.) downs Stonehill
Clippers advance to second round, await Queens (N.Y.)
Easton, Mass. -- Concordia (N.Y.) captured a 5-3 victory against Stonehill at the first round of the NCAA Championship on Monday afternoon. The Clippers survived a comeback effort by the Skyhawks to advance to the second-round match.
Maria Ortiz and Camilla Gomes Xavier got the match started with an 8-2 victory in the No. 3 doubles match. An 8-4 win in the No. 2 match by Ana S.O. Mendes and Juliana Frey followed shortly thereafter to give Concordia a 2-0 overall lead. Stonehill would take the No. 1 singles match with an 8-5 win as the duo of Yuliya Plevako and Clara Catanzano could not come away with the victory for the Clippers.
In singles play, Plevako easily took a 6-0, 6-0 win in the No. 1 match to give Concordia a 3-1 advantage. The Skyhawks responded with victories at the No. 6 and No. 5 matches as Xavier and Ortiz both fell 6-2, 6-2 to tie the match at 3-3.
Mendes put the Clippers back on top with a 7-5, 6-1 win in the No. 2 match. With only two matches remaining Concordia needed just one more victory to advance. Catanzano would provide the win for the Clippers in the No. 3 match as she battled her way to a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 victory.