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Endicott Athletics | May 8, 2014

Endicott heads back to second round

AMHERST, Mass. -- Endicott defeated the Farmingdale State 5-2 to advance to the NCAA tournament second round, where it will face Amherst at 9:00 a.m. ET Friday.

The Blue and Green improve to 15-3 while the Rams end their successful season at 15-3 in the first appearance in the national tournament.

To start off the match strong Endicott came out of the gates sweeping doubles play to take an early 3-0 lead. Tabbing the first victory of the day, in the No. 3 slot, freshman duo Jamie Zompa and Skyelar MacLeod defeated freshman Tatiana Rosamilia and sophomore Denise Liguori 8-2.

Coming in right behind was junior Amy Heacox and partner, freshman Mackenzie Rhodes, who took their counterparts Jessica Sickles and Priscilla Signore in an 8-6 decision. Wrapping up doubles play with a stellar performance were sophomores Suzie Newman and Brittany Potter who defeated Michelle Fredericks and Alex Bentz in a tight 9-8 (7-2) victory.

The Blue and Green headed into singles play needing just two more victories to clinch a spot in the second round of the national tournament. Rhodes got the Gulls one step closer as she took her opponent Fredericks in a 6-0, 6-1 decision.

The Rams would not back down so quickly as they took two consecutive matches from Endicott as Heacox was defeated by Sickles (6-3, 6-0) and sophomore Savannah Deady fell to her counterpart Rosamilio (6-0, 6-2) to make it a 4-2 score.

In the No. 6 spot Zompa put her foot down and edged her opponent Liguori 6-2, 6-4 to secure the victory and help send this group of Gulls to their second consecutive second-round appearance.