Women's Tennis Defeats Villanova To Improve BIG EAST Record To 2-2

Seniors Courtney Burek, Marisela Aviles-Duron and Christina Troy celebrate their careers as Friars.

April 13, 2013

Providence, R.I. - The Providence College women's tennis team toppled BIG EAST foe Villanova, 5-2, to improve its BIG EAST record to 2-2. The Friars were led by senior Marisela Aviles-Duron(Tegucigalpa, Honduras), who clinched the match for the Friars.

The Friars earned their third straight come from behind win after falling two matches to one in doubles to give Villanova the early lead. Aviles-Duron and junior Maria Clara Bernardez (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) fell to Mikelle Mancini and Tori Smyth (8-0) in the No. 1 position. Sophomore Taylor Corder (Corinth, Miss.) and freshman Alana Prinos (Foxborough, Mass.) were defeated by Sydney West and Allison Kuse (8-6) at the No. 2 position. Freshmen Hannah Zangari (Saunderstown, R.I.) and Olivia Hogan(Gaithersburg, Md.) won their third consecutive match as a pair in the No. 3 position. Zangari and Hogan battled Kate Pettee and Wesleigh Donadio to win the match (9-8 [5]).

Sophomore Karen Ramirez(San Juan, Puerto Rico) tied the match at 1-1 with a win in straight sets at the No. 6 position over Donadio (6-3, 6-1). Villanova quickly reclaimed the lead with a win at the No. 2 position over Bernardez. The junior captain fell to Smyth (6-0, 6-4) to tilt the match 2-1 in favor of Villanova.

Corder tied the match at two apiece with a win over Kuse (6-4, 6-3) at the No. 4 position. It was Prinos who gave the Friars their first lead of the day with tough fought win over West (6-4, 7-5) at the No. 3 position. The win gave the Friars a 3-2 lead before Aviles-Duron clinched the match seconds later.

Aviles-Duron battled at the No. 1 position to clinch the match and earn a win over Mancini (6-4, 7-6 [2]). Zangari rounded out the score for the Friars with a comeback victory against Pettee (1-6, 6-1, 6-3) at the No. 5 position.

"Alana earned a tremendous win for the third straight match and Hannah was huge again winning tight matches in both singles and doubles," Head Coach Kyle LaBrancheshared on the win. "The story of the day though was Marisela appropriately clinching the match on senior day. She's had a spectacular career and this was a perfect way for her to cap off her senior day."

With the win the Friars move their overall record to 13-5. The last women's tennis team to post 13 or more regular season victories was the 1999-00 team that went 16-7 over the course of its regular season.

Providence is back in action Sunday, April 13 when it plays host to St. Johns in its last regular season match. The Friars and Red Storm will begin play at 1:00 p.m. in Providence, R.I.




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