Colgate sophomore Samantha Inacker
April 18, 2008
West Point, N.Y. - The 2008 Patriot League Women's Tennis Championship is officially underway, as four teams took to the court at Army's Malek Tennis Center for the quarterfinal match-ups. In the day's first quarterfinal, No. 4 seed Lehigh defeated No. 5 seed Holy Cross, while No. 3 Colgate defeated No. 6 Lafayette in the second match.
It was a gorgeous sun-drenched Friday afternoon in West Point, as fans, coaches and student-athletes alike were privy to an excellent day for Patriot League tennis action. No. 4 Lehigh and No. 5 Holy Cross got things started on quarterfinal Friday, and it was the Mountain Hawks who prevailed with a 7-0 victory. Picking up singles victories for the Mountain Hawks were Allison Schwartz, Ariela Cohen, Julie Arthofer, Ruthie Furman, Victoria Vityuk and Stacey Reich. Doubles victories went to the duo of Schwartz-Furman and the pair of Cohen-Reich. Holy Cross also recorded one doubles victory, as Melanie Brown and Ivette Konopka pulled off an 8-3 win in the No. 3 position. Holy Cross finishes the season with a record of 6-7 overall, while the Mountain Hawks will move on to tomorrow's semifinal against top-seeded Army.
In the afternoon's second match, it was Colgate who pulled off the sweep as they defeated Lafayette by a score of 5-0. The Raiders got the upper-hand right off the bat as they swept the doubles matches by scores of 8-5, 8-3 and 8-1. In the singles competition, only four of the matches were completed, as Colgate picked up the four points necessary for a victory. Singles victories were picked up by Samantha Inacker, Isabel Riemer, Erin Fenn and Stephanie Bender. Colgate's Elise DeRose, who played in the No. 1 position, was ahead in the second set of her match when play was called, while Lafayette's Rachel Rohinsky, who plays in the No. 4 slot, was ahead in the third set of her match when play was called. Lafayette finishes the season with an overall record of 5-7, while the Raiders advance to take on No. 2 Bucknell tomorrow afternoon.
Tomorrow's action gets underway when No. 1 Army hosts No. 4 Lehigh at 11 a.m. The second match between No. 2 Bucknell and No. 3 Colgate will begin at 3 p.m. For more information on this weekend's championship, including daily recaps and results, please visit the women's tennis championship on the Patriot League website or click here.
No. 4 Lehigh 7, No. 5 Holy Cross 0
1. Allison Schwartz, Lehigh def. Kristen Meahl, Holy Cross 6-2, 6-0
2. Ariela Cohen, Lehigh def. Meg Moran, Holy Cross 6-0, 6-3
3. Julie Arthofer, Lehigh def. Ivette Konopka, Holy Cross 6-2, 6-4
4. Ruthie Furman, Lehigh def. Hailee Lange, Holy Cross 6-7 (5), 6-3, 10-7
5. Victoria Vityuk, Lehigh def. Kathryn Wilkie, Holy Cross 6-3, 2-6, 6-1
6. Stacey Reich, Lehigh def. Chase Fitzsimmons, Holy Cross 6-4, 6-4
1. Schwartz/Furman, Lehigh def. Meahl/Moran, Holy Cross 8-5
2. Cohen/Reich, Lehigh def. Lange/Fitzsimmons, Holy Cross 8-2
3. Paige Brown/Konopka, Holy Cross def. Kiera Murasko-Blank/Arthofer, Lehigh 8-3
No. 3 Colgate 5, No. 6 Lafayette 0
1. Elise DeRose, Colgate vs. Ansley Scudder, Lafayette 7-5, 3-0 DNF
2. Samantha Inacker, Colgate def. Sarah Sykes, Lafayette 6-2, 6-0
3. Isabel Riemer, Colgate def. Jacqui Bonder, Lafayette 6-0, 6-3
4. Cameron Williams, Colgate vs. Rachel Rohinsky, Lafayette 6-3, 1-6, 1-2 DNF
5. Erin Fenn, Colgate def. Kristie Cavanagh, Lafayette 6-3, 6-1
6. Stephanie Bender, Colgate def. Emily DeLuca, Lafayette 6-2, 6-1
1. DeRose/Inacker, Colgate def. Scudder/Sykes, Lafayette 8-5
2. Williams/Bender, Colgate def. Bonder/Rohinsky, Lafayette 8-3
3. Riemer/Fenn, Colgate def. Cavanagh/DeLuca, Lafayette 8-1
DNF - Did Not Finish