Junior Maria Clara Bernardez
March 6, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla. - The Providence College women's tennis team defeated Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 4-3, on Monday, March 4. The Friars put up a long fought battle against the Cougars that lasted over four hours. The Friars overall record moves to 7-2 on the 2012-13 season and 4-1 in spring play.
The Friars took the doubles point with wins in the No. 1 and 2 positions. Senior Marisela Aviles-Duron (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) and junior Maria Clara Bernardez (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) swept Kali Donner and Sierra Halverson, 8-0, at the No. 1 position. In a close fought battle at No. 2 doubles, freshmen Alana Prinos (Foxborough, Mass.) and Hannah Zangari (Saunderstown, R.I.) defeated Amanda Miller and McKenzie Thomas (9-8, (2)) to clinch the doubles point. Freshman Olivia Hogan (Gaithersburg, Md.) and sophomore Caitlin Foley (Holden, Mass.) competed at the No. 3 position, where the pair was defeated by Haley Ilcewicz and Monique Krutak (8-3).
In singles play the Friars and Cougars battled back and forth, with the Friars coming out on top in three of the six matches. It was the bottom of the Friar's line-up that brought home the win.
At No. 1 singles, Aviles-Duron was defeated by Krutak (6-2, 7-5). Bernardez was defeated in a close fought match at the No. 2 position by Donner (2-6, 7-5, 6-4). Hogan was the last Friar to fall in singles play. Hogan was defeated by Hulverson at the No. 4 position (6-1, 6-2).
It was sophomore Karen Ramirez (San Juan, Puerto Rico) who kicked off the winning in singles play for the Friars. Ramirez handily defeated Miller at the No. 5 position (6-1, 6-1). Prinos then defeated Ilcewicz at No. 3 singles (6-1, 6-4) to make the match score 3-1 in favor of the Friars.
Zangari clinched the match for the Friars at No. 6 singles. Zangari defeated Thomas (7-5, 2-6, 6-4), in what was a battle until the finish.
The Friars will play their first home match on April 3 against conference foe Connecticut at 3:00 p.m.
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