May 7, 2009

Bloomsburg University-Slippery Rock Advance to NCAA D-II Regional Women's Tennis Final

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- The Bloomsburg University and Slippery Rock University women's tennis teams advanced to the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region finals with 5-0 wins on Thursday in their respective semi-final matches. The Huskies beat Virginia State, while the Rock beat Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference rival Kutztown.

The Huskies and Slippery Rock will meet on Friday at 9 a.m. with the winner advancing to the NCAA Division II championship round next week in Orlando, FL.

In the Huskies match, Bloomsburg jumped out to a 3-0 lead after doubles play. At number one, Alison Carney and Emily Palko earned an 8-2 win, while at number two, Katie Hasyn and Kristen Bonito posted an 8-1 victory.

In singles play, Hasyn posted a 6-1, 6-3 victory at number one, while Laura Sullivan earned a 6-0, 6-1 win at four singles. Bloomsburg was also leading in all four of the unfinished matches. For Sullivan it was her team-leading 16th victory of the year.

Slippery Rock also took a 3-0 lead after doubles play was complete. The team of Kayla Blackburn and Jessica Hilborn won 8-2 at number one, with Lara Rizzi and Casey Runyan winning 8-4 at number three.

In singles play, the Rock posted 6-0, 6-0 victories at number five from Rizzi and Runyan at number six to close out the match.

The matchup between the Huskies and the Rock will be the third this season. In February Slippery Rock posted a 6-3 win, while at the PSAC championships Bloomsburg won by a 5-3 score.

Bloomsburg University 5, Virginia State University 0
May 07, 2009 at Bloomsburg, PA

Singles competition
1. Katie Hasyn (BLOOM-W) def. Imani James (VSU) 6-1, 6-3
2. Emily Palko (BLOOM-W) vs. Keisha Holmes (VSU) 6-2, 4-0, unfinished
3. Laura Sullivan (BLOOM-W) def. Kendra Plummer (VSU) 6-0, 6-1
4. Andrea Malatesta (BLOOM-W) vs. Tamilia Hicks (VSU) 6-2, 1-1, unfinished
5. Danielle Walsh (BLOOM-W) vs. Lakevia Ingram (VSU) 6-0, 5-0, unfinished
6. Sarah Fisher (BLOOM-W) vs. Ashley Foster (VSU) 6-2, 0-2, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Alison Carney/Emily Palko (BLOOM-W) def. Imani James/Keisha Holmes (VSU) 8-2
2. Katie Hasyn/Kristen Bonito (BLOOM-W) def. Kendra Plummer/Tamilia Hicks (VSU) 8-1
3. Laura Sullivan/Andrea Malatesta (BLOOM-W) def. Lakevia Ingram/Ashley Foster (VSU) 8-5

Match Notes
Virginia State University 15-5
Bloomsburg University 14-5
NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Semi-Final
Bloomsburg Advances to Atlantic Region Final Against Slippery Rock

Stonehill Advances to Regional Final With 5-2 Win Over Merrimack

Easton, Mass. - The Stonehill Skyhawks advanced to their first NCAA Regional Final in school history with a 5-2 win over the Merrimack Warriors on Thursday afternoon in the Ames Sports Complex at Stonehill College.

Merrimack finishes their season at 10-8  while Stonehill improves to 20-3 on the season, extending their school record for wins in a season.

The Skyhawks opened doubles play with two victories to grab a 2-1 lead.  The No. 1 duo of sophomore Lindsey Herchel (Hampden, Mass.) and  freshman Amy Toegemann (Narragansett, R.I.) beat the team of Caitlin Dunn and Amanda Carroll 8-2 while Stonehill are got a win from freshman Sarah Hickey (Lee, Mass.) and sophomore Emily Broderick (Middlebury, Conn.) who defeated the team of Elise Dufour and Courtney Garvey 9-7.

Merrimack's lone victory in doubles came in No. 2 as Stellina Saia and Cristina Lucin beat junior Samantha Dircks (Stony Brook, N.Y.) and freshman Leah White (East Walpole, Mass.) 8-5.

In singles play the Warriors won at No. 2 as Lucin took down Toegemann 3-6, 6-0, however it wouldn't be enough as Stonehill took the final three matches to clinch the 5-2 victory.

White won by a 6-1, 6-2 score at No. 3 against Amanda Carroll and Sarah Hickey has the Skyhawks second singles win, 6-2, 6-1 over Elise Dufour.  Stonehill's final win of the afternoon came to Herchel at No. 1 who beat Caitlin Dunn 6-1, 6-2.

The Skyhawks return to action tomorrow when they square off against the winner of Queens (N.Y.) and St. Michael's at 11:00 a.m. for the right to play in the round of 16 at Rollins College next week. 

Singles competition
1. Lindsay Herchel (STO) def. Caitlin Dunn (MER) 6-1, 6-2
2. Christina Lucia (MER) def. Amy Toegemann (STO) 6-3, 6-0
3. Leah White (STO) def. Amanda Carrol (MER) 6-1, 6-2
4. Caitlin Ryan (STO) vs. Stellina Saia (MER) 6-4, 3-3, unfinished
5. Sarah Hickey (STO) def. Elise Dufour (MER) 6-2, 6-1
6. Lindsay Simmons (STO) vs. Courtney Garvey (MER) unfinished

Doubles competition
1. Lindsay Herchel/Amy Toegemann (STO) def. Caitlin Dunn/Amanda Carrol (MER) 8-2
2. Christina Lucia/Stellina Saia (MER) def. Samantha Dircks/Leah White (STO) 8-5
3. Sarah Hickey/Emily Broderick (STO) def. Courtney Garvey/Elise Dufour (MER) 9-7

Match Notes

Merrimack 10-8; Regional ranking #7
Stonehill College 20-3; Regional ranking #2
NCAA East Regional Semifinal


Carson-Newman Advances With 5-1 Win Over Tusculum

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Carson-Newman avenged a regular-season loss to South Atlantic Conference rival Tusculum with a 5-1 win in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Southeast Regional on Thursday afternoon at the AASU Tennis Complex in Savannah.

The Lady Eagles (14-2) fell to the Lady Pioneers (17-6) in the regular season, 6-3, back on March 22, but Carson-Newman entered the regional on a roll, capturing the SAC Tournament to earn an automatic berth.

Tusculum got a quick start in the match as the doubles duo of Jessi Smith and Heidi von der Lage picked up an 8-2 win at No. 3 doubles over Kylie Elliott and Emily Sorah. Carson-Newman came back to take the next two doubles matches, however, as Amanda Bartlett and Taryn Cappadona defeated Caroline Crowe and Katelyn Doss, 8-4, at No. 1 doubles and Cassie Moulton and Elizabeth Sneed defeated Amanda Pike and Jennier Sparks, 8-6, at No. 2 doubles.

The Lady Eagles won five of six first sets to take charge in singles. Bartlett scored the first singles point for Carson-Newman with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Sparks at No. 1 singles. Cappadona then delivered a 6-2, 6-2 win over von der Lage at No. 4 singles. Elliott clinched the match for the Lady Eagles with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Pike at No. 3 singles.

The win was the first NCAA Regional win for Carson-Newman since 1997, when they advanced to the Round of 16. The Lady Eagles face a tough task in the second round when they match up against defending DII national champion Armstrong Atlantic on Friday, May 8, at 8:00 a.m.

Tusculum vs Carson-Newman (May 07, 2009) Carson-Newman 5, Tusculum 1 May 07, 2009 at Savannah, Ga. (AASU Tennis Complex) Singles competition 1. Amanda Bartlett (CN) def. Jennifer Sparks (TCW) 6-1, 6-2 2. Elizabeth Sneed (CN) vs. Katelyn Doss (TCW) 6-4, 3-4, unfinished 3. Kylie Elliott (CN) def. Amanda Pike (TCW) 6-4, 6-2 4. Taryn Cappadona (CN) def. Heidi von der Lage (TCW) 6-2, 6-2 5. Emily Sorah (CN) vs. Caroline Crowe (TCW) 6-4, 4-6, unfinished 6. Cassie Moulton (CN) vs. Blake Thompson (TCW) 5-7, 1-2, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. Amanda Bartlett/Taryn Cappadona (CN) def. Caroline Crowe/Katelyn Doss (TCW) 8-4 2. Cassie Moulton/Elizabeth Sneed (CN) def. Amanda Pike/Jennifer Sparks (TCW) 8-6 3. Jessi Smith/Heidi von der Lage (TCW) def. Kylie Elliott/Emily Sorah (CN) 8-2

Match Notes
Tusculum 17-6
Carson-Newman 14-2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,4,3) NCAA DII Southeast Regional - First Round Carson-Newman advances to face AASU at 8:00 a.m. on Friday



Warriors Move On

The Wayne State Warriors women's tennis team claimed a 5-0 victory over Ashland in the opening round of the NCAA Women's Tennis Tournament Friday afternoon (May 7).

Wayne State is now 18-7 overall on the season.  Ashland's year comes to an end with a record of 22-7.

The Warriors came out strong, dropping a total of just three games in the top two doubles positions.  WSU then won at three doubles 8-4 to lead 3-0 going into singles.

Wayne State then put the match away with a pair of easy straight-set wins at No. 2 and No. 5 doubles.

The Warriors will take on top-seeded Northwood in round two after the Timberwolves defeated Bellarmine 5-0 in round one.  The NU/WSU contest will get under way at Noon.

Singles competition
1. Sharon Gill (WS) vs. Victoria Goudy (AU) unfinished
2. Kristina Goranskaya (WS) def. Paige Cooper (AU) 6-3, 6-0
3. Milena Vuksanovic (WS) vs. Sara Tegner (AU) unfinished
4. Deby Correa (WS) vs. Corinne Pasley (AU) unfinished
5. Meghan Luzod (WS) def. Alexandra Ware (AU) 6-1, 6-0
6. Jennifer Bradford (WS) vs. Christa Halicki (AU) unfinished

Doubles competition
1. Sharon Gill/Milena Vuksanovic (WS) def. Victoria Goudy/Paige Cooper (AU) 8-2
2. Deby Correa/Kristina Goranskaya (WS) def. Corinne Pasley/Alexandra Ware (AU) 8-1
3. Sargam Bhatt/Meghan Luzod (WS) def. Sara Tegner/Christa Halicki (AU) 8-4

Match Notes
Ashland University 22-7; Regional ranking #5  
Wayne State 18-7; Regional ranking #4  
2009 NCAA Women's Tennis Tournament - Opening Round  
Wayne State will face Northwood in round two Friday at Noon

No. 36 Erskine Picks Up First-Ever NCAA Tournament Win, Downs Mount Olive 5-2

FLORENCE, SC - Senior Kacie Knox and sophomore Britton Bignon picked up a key doubles win at the No. 1 position and helped 36th-ranked Erskine College to a 5-2 win over Mount Olive College, Thursday afternoon (May 7) in the opening match of the NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Southeast Regional in Florence, S.C.

Erskine picks up its first-ever NCAA Tournament win and improves to 17-7.  The Flying Fleet advance to face seventh-ranked Francis Marion University (18-4) in a regional semifinal match, Friday at 10 a.m. on FMU's Kassab Courts.   Eighth-ranked Columbus State University (20-3) will meet 29th-ranked Georgia College & State University (9-10) in the second semifinal match on Friday at 2 p.m.

The regional final is set for Saturday at 1 p.m.

After Erskine won easily (8-1) at No. 3 doubles and Mount Olive claimed an 8-4 victory at No. 2 doubles, it was left to Knox and Bignon to try and give Erskine the lead heading into singles play.  The pair led 6-3 only to have Mount Olive's Carol Aro and Jessica Souza rallied to knot the match at 6-6.  The Erskine duo then regrouped to win the next two games and the match 8-6, giving the Flying Fleet a 2-1 advantage.

Knox, who was deeply praised by Erskine coach Calhoun Parr after the match, then won in straight sets (6-2, 6-1) at No. 4 singles.  The Erskine advantage grew to 4-2 when Bignon won 6-1, 6-3 at the No. 2 spot.   

Aro gave Mount Olive its second point with a 7-5, 6-1 win at No. 1 singles, but shortly thereafter, Erskine freshman Nicole Miller claimed a 6-4, 6-1 victory at the No. 6 position to push the Flying Fleet into the regional semifinals.

"I am very proud and excited," said Parr after the match.  "This is our program's first-ever NCAA win.  It was a team effort, the squad showed a lot of mental toughness, and represented Erskine College well.

"Obviously the win at No. 1 doubles was huge.  Kacie and Britton had lost that match in both previous meetings with Mount Olive this year.  They both stepped up and played some of their best tennis of the season.  And then what a win for a freshman (Nicole Miller) to earn the deciding point."

Mount Olive, making just its second NCAA Tournament appearance, ends its year with a 12-11 mark.

NCAA II Southeast Regional (#2) first-round match
Women's Tennis Match Results
Mount Olive College vs Erskine College
May 07, 2009 at Florence, SC

#36 Erskine College 5, Mount Olive College 2

 Singles competition
1. Carol Aro (MTO) def. Tessa Rheault (ERSK) 7-5, 6-1
2. Britton Bignon (ERSK) def. Jessica Souza (MTO) 6-1, 6-3
3. Mary Claire Rollins (ERSK) vs. Camila Kurebayashi (MTO) 6-3, 5-1, unfinished
4. Kacie Knox (ERSK) def. Sofia Medeiros (MTO) 6-2, 6-1
5. Jourdan Smith (ERSK) vs. Pietra Viana (MTO) 6-0, 4-3, unfinished
6. Nicole Miller (ERSK) def. Kristen Jones (MTO) 6-4, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. Britton Bignon/Kacie Knox (ERSK) def. Carol Aro/Jessica Souza (MTO) 8-6
2. Sofia Medeiros/Kristen Jones (MTO) def. Tessa Rheault/Mary Claire Rollins (ERSK) 8-4
3. Jourdan Smith/Nicole Miller (ERSK) def. Pietra Viana/Camila Kurebayashi (MTO) 8-1

Match Notes:
Mount Olive College 12-11
Erskine College 17-7; National ranking #36; Regional ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,2,1,6)
NCAA II Southeast Regional first-round match

First-ever NCAA Tournament win for Erskine; Erskine advances to play host Francis Marion University on Friday at 10 am
Official: M.Duff, D.Honeycutt  T-2:42  A-25

Queens Blows Past St. Michael's In East Regional Semis

Easton, Mass. - Queens swept all three doubles matches and only dropped one set on their way to a 5-0 victory over St. Michael's in the semifinals of the East Regional held at Stonehill College.

In addition to sweeping doubles, the Knights got singles victories from Taylor Barber (6-0, 6-0) and Jennifer Meredith (6-1, 6-0) at No. 4 and No. 6 respectively. Queens advances to the finals to take on Stonehill College Friday, May 8 at 11:00 a.m. as the winner advances to the round of 16.


BYU-Hawaii Pounds Cal State-Stanislaus, 5-0

Laie, HI - The top-ranked Brigham Young University Hawaii women's tennis team defeated 31st-ranked Cal State-Stanislaus today, 5-0, to win the NCAA II West Regional Tournament and advance to the NCAA II National Championships. With the win, the Seasiders improve to 26-0 for the season.

In the doubles matches the Seasiders' Elwen Li and Yuan Jia scored an 8-0 win at the first position to stake BYU-Hawaii to an early lead. Jenny Chin and Wen-Lin Wang followed with an 8-3 win at number two doubles and Shawni Porter and Ayako Ikeda secured the third point of the match with an 8-2 win at the third doubles spot.

In singles play, Jia breezed to a 6-1, 6-1 win at number two singles while Wang claimed a 6-0, 6-0 win at number four to close out the match for BYU-Hawaii. The Seasiders were leading in each of the four unfinished singles matches when play was halted.

BYU-Hawaii's next action will be at the NCAA II National Tournament in Altamonte Springs, Florida beginning on May 13th.


No. 1 #3 Elwen Li, BYUH vs. #20 Verena Prelkschas, CSUS 6-2, 1-1 DNC No. 2 # 4Yuan Jia, BYUH def. Katie Eng, CSUS 6-1. 6-1 No. 3 #17 Jenny Chin, BYUH vs. Vanesa Relbstein, CSUS 6-4, 2-0 DNC No. 4 #20 Wen-Ling Wang, BYUH def. Lexy Harrington, CSUS 6-0, 6-0 No. 5 Ayako Ikeda, BYUH vs. Brianna McClintock, CSUS 6-2, 3-1 DNC No. 6 Shawni Porter, BYUH vs. Heather Cotter, CSUS 6-1, 5-1 DNC

No. 1 #1 Li/Jia, BYUH def. #14 Prelkschas/Eng, CSUS 8-0 No. 2 #8 Chin/Wang, BYUH, def. McClintock/Relbstein, CSUS 8-3 No. 3 Porter/Ikeda, BYUH def. Harrington/Cotter, CSUS 8-2