FLUSHING, N.Y. -- Concordia (N.Y.) defeated rival Queens (N.Y.) 5-2 on Tuesday afternoon in the NCAA East Regional Finals at the USTA National Tennis Center. With the victory the Clippers have earned a spot in the Round of 16.
The match began with doubles action as the No. 1 duo of freshman Costanza Mecchi and junior Romana Tabak defeated Jennifer Fridman and Anna Rodionova 8-2 to claim the first win for Concordia. The Knights would respond with an 8-3 victory in the No. 2 doubles match as freshman Valeriia Cheban and junior Alla Kravchuk fell to Yevgeniya Plevako and Andrea Samson.
The Clippers would earn a decisive win in the No. 3 match to earn a 2-1 overall match advantage as junior Linda Eliasson and freshman Stefanie Canals-Baker were victorious against Kim Xiong and Aylin Mehter.
In singles action, Canals-Baker would be the first one to finish as she secured a 6-1, 6-0 win against Xiong for Concordia in the No. 6 match. Shortley thereafter Mecchi, in her No. 1 match, would defeat Mehter 6-2, 6-1 to give the Clippers a 4-1 match lead and one step closer to the victory.
Queens managed to claim one singles win as Rodionova defeated Cheban in the No. 5 match 6-3, 6-1 but Concordia's Tabak earned a 6-2, 6-4 victory against Plevako in the No. 2 match to give the Clippers a 5-2 win. The remainder of the matches would go unfinished.