Dumitrita Iepuras and Bucknell will play Navy in the first of two semifinal matches Saturday in the Patriot League Women's Tennis Tournament.
April 22, 2011
Center Valley, Pa. – The quarterfinal round of the 2011 Patriot League Women’s Tennis Championship has concluded, with two of the higher seeds advancing during Friday’s competition. Second seed and host Navy handled Holy Cross to move on to the semis for the second straight year, while Bucknell and Colgate were also victorious.
The final four of the 2011 bracket are the exact same as in last year’s championship, and the semifinal contests are mirror images of 2010. The Mids will return to their own courts at the Brigade Sports Complex to take on No. 3 Bucknell Saturday at 10 a.m., while top-seeded and six-time defending champion Army gets the fifth-seeded Raiders at 2 p.m.
The winners will advance to Sunday’s championship match at 1 p.m.
Brief capsules of Friday’s three quarterfinal contests are below.
No. 2 Navy 6, No. 7 Holy Cross 0
Annapolis, Md. – Second-seeded and host Navy surrendered only four games during its quarterfinal match en route to blanking No. 7 Holy Cross, 6-0, at the Brigade Sports Complex Friday in the first match of the 2011 Patriot League Women’s Tennis Tournament. The Mids move on to take on No. 3 Bucknell in the semifinals Saturday at 10 a.m.
The Mids opened the match by cruising through the doubles competition. Emani Decquir and Stefanie Ton defeated Jessica DeSimone and Emma Rudnik 8-1 at No. 2, while Brittney Boucher and Erin Snook took an 8-0 decision from Jen Daffron and Maya Welch to clinch the first point of the match.
Boucher’s 6-0, 6-0 win over DeSimone at No. 6 singles extended Navy’s lead to 2-0, and the Mids clinched the match when Griffin beat Montgomery 6-1, 6-0 at the No. 1 flight and Decquir won 6-0, 6-0 over Marr at No. 2 singles. Navy also picked up victories at the fourth and fifth singles flights to complete the scoring. Ton led Welch 6-0, 5-0 at No. 3 in a match that did not finish.
Navy advances to the semifinals for the second straight year since becoming a varsity program and joining the Patriot League for the 2009-10 campaign. Last year the Mids also faced the Bison in the semis and were eliminated.
1. Dye Das/Amanda Griffin (NAVY) def. Emily Marr/Molly Montgomery (HC) 8-2
2. Emani Decquir/Stefanie Ton (NAVY) def. Jessica DeSimone/Emma Rudnik (HC) 8-1
3. Brittney Boucher/Erin Snook (NAVY) def. Jen Daffron/Maya Welch (HC) 8-0
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1
1. Griffin (NAVY) def. Montgomery (HC) 6-1, 6-0
2. Decquir (NAVY) def. Marr (HC) 6-0, 6-0
3. Ton (NAVY) vs. Welch (HC) 6-0, 5-0 DNF
4. Darien Sears (NAVY) def. Mary McAuliffe (HC) 6-0, 6-0
5. Snook (NAVY) def. Rudnik (HC) 6-0, 6-0
6. Boucher (NAVY) def. DeSimone (HC) 6-0, 6-0
Order of Finish: 6, 1, 2, 4, 5
No. 3 Bucknell 6, No. 6 Lafayette 0
Annapolis, Md. – Third-seeded Bucknell’s quest for a seventh consecutive bid to the Patriot League championship match started in strong fashion as the Bison handed No. 6 Lafayette a 6-0 victory in the quarterfinals of the 2011 women’s tennis tournament Friday at the Brigade Sports Complex in Annapolis.
The Bison captured the doubles point starting with Dara Dwojewski’s and Elena Vidrascu’s 8-0 win at No. 3 over Lucy Bass and Liza Blank. Bucknell officially went ahead 1-0 in the match after Dumitrita Iepuras and Lauren Lucido beat Caitlin Gordon and Allie Seranko, 8-4.
Vidrascu cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Bass at No. 5 singles to extend Bucknell’s lead to 2-0, while Lauren Rottkamp handed Emily DeLuca a 6-1, 6-0 loss at No. 3 to put the Bison up 3-0. Casey’s 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 4 singles over Charchalis secured Bucknell the match. Dwojewski earned a 6-0, 6-1 win over Blank at No. 6 singles, while Lucido posted a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Seranko at the top singles flight.
With her two victories on the day, Lucido tied the Bucknell marks for career wins at both singles and doubles. She already owned the school record for combined career wins heading into the tournament, and extended the mark to 168.
The Bison will take on host and No. 2 seed Navy in Saturday’s semifinals at 10 a.m.
1. Dumitrita Iepuras/Lauren Lucido (BUCK) def. Caitlin Gordon/Allie Seranko (LAF) 8-4
2. Courtney Casey/Daria Tuzhikova (BUCK) vs. Katherin Charchalis/Austin Denesuk (LAF) 5-5 DNF
3. Dara Dwojewski/Elena Vidrascu (BUCK) def. Lucy Bass/Liza Blank (LAF) 8-0
Order of Finish: 3, 1
1. Lucido (BUCK) def. Seranko (LAF) 6-3, 6-1
2. Iepuras (BUCK) vs. Gordon (LAF) 6-1, 5-2 DNF
3. Lauren Rottkamp (BUCK) def. Emily DeLuca (LAF) 6-1, 6-0
4. Casey (BUCK) def. Charchalis (LAF) 6-1, 6-0
5. Vidrascu (BUCK) def. Bass (LAF) 6-0, 6-0
6. Dwojewski (BUCK) def. Blank (LAF) 6-0, 6-1
Order of Finish: 5, 3, 4, 6, 1
No. 5 Colgate 4, No. 4 Lehigh 3
Annapolis, Md. – In the longest and most dramatic match of the day, fifth-seeded Colgate earned a back-and-forth 4-3 win over No. 4 Lehigh in the third quarterfinal match of the 2011 Patriot League Women’s Tennis Tournament at the Brigade Sports Complex in Annapolis. The Raiders advance to play top-seeded Army Saturday at 2 p.m. in the second of two semifinal matches on the day.
The Raiders jumped ahead 1-0 by earning victories at the top two doubles flights. Stephanie Bender and Jen Marquit defeated Abbey Perl and Liz Piscitelli, 8-4, at No. 2 while Stephanie Brown and Alex Petrini won 8-6 over Taylor Hampshire and Jenai Bilimoria in the top position.
Lehigh evened the match with Kathleen Larkin’s 6-1, 6-2 win over Becky Silvers at No. 6 singles, but the Raiders moved ahead again, 2-1, when Kelsey Shea won 6-2, 6-3 over Piscitelli at No. 3 singles.
The Mountain Hawks came right back to tie the match when Hampshire earned a straight-sets (6-3, 6-2) victory over Bender at the top singles flight, but Colgate kept staying ahead of Lehigh. The first set went to a tiebreaker, but Brown eventually defeated Patricia Muething, 7-6, 6-1, at No. 4 to put the Raiders up 3-2.
Bilimoria brought the Mountain Hawks even at 3-3 with a three-set win over Petrini at No. 2. She won the first set by a 6-2 score before dropping the second frame, 1-6. She posted a 6-2 win in set three to win her contest and tie the match.
Marquit won her second match of the day, also in three sets, to give the Raiders the win. She defeated Perl 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 to advance Colgate to Saturday’s semifinals.
1. Stephanie Brown/Alex Petrini (CU) def. Taylor Hampshire/Jenai Bilimoria (LU) 8-6
2. Stephanie Bender/Jen Marquit (CU) def. Abbey Perl/Liz Piscitelli (LU) 8-4
3. Kathleen Larkin/Jillian Sloand (LU) vs. Kelsey Shea/Becky Silvers (CU) 6-5, DNF
Order of Finish: 2, 1
1. Taylor Hampshire (LU) def. Stephanie Bender (CU) 6-3, 6-2
2. Jenai Bilimoria (LU) def. Alex Petrini (CU) 6-2, 1-6, 6-2
3. Kelsey Shea (CU) def. Liz Piscitelli (LU) 6-2, 6-3
4. Stephanie Brown (CU) def. Patricia Muething (LU) 7-6, 6-1
5. Jen Marquit (CU) def. Abbey Perl (LU) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
6. Kathleen Larkin (LU) def. Becky Silvers (CU) 6-1, 6-2
Order of Finish: 6, 3, 1, 4, 2, 5