April 14, 2013
Providence, R.I. -
The Providence College women's tennis team suffered a 6-1 loss to BIG EAST foe St. John's on Sunday, April 14. The loss moves the Friars overall record to 13-6 (2-3 BIG EAST) to close out their regular season play.
Providence went down 1-0 after falling two matches to one during doubles play. Senior Marisela Aviles-Duron (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) and junior Maria Clara Bernardez (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) were the lone pair to earn a win in doubles. The duo defeated Amber Washington and Diamond Adams (8-7 ) in the No. 1 position for their 45th win as doubles partners.
Freshman Alana Prinos (Foxborough, Mass.) and sophomore Taylor Corder (Corinth, Miss.) competed at the No. 2 position, where the pair was defeated by Nevena Selakovic and Ksenia Mikhaylova (8-3). Senior Christina Troy (LaGrange, Ill.) and freshman Hannah Zangari (Saunderstown, R.I.) fell to Gvantsa Robakidze and Yanita Arnaudova (8-0) in the No. 3 position.
The Friars could not rally to make a comeback during singles. Providence fell in straight sets in all but the No. 6 position. Selakovic defeated Aviles-Duron (6-1, 6-2) at the No. 1 position. Bernardez fell to Washington (6-1, 6-3) in the No. 2 position.
In the No. 3 position, Prinos fell to Adams (6-2, 6-2). Corder and Zangari were defeated at the No. 4 and 5 positions, respectively. Corder fell to Arnaudova (6-2, 6-2), while Zangari was defeated by Mikhaylova (6-4, 6-0).
Sophomore Karen Ramirez
(San Juan, Puerto Rico) earned the lone win for the Friars with a victory in the No. 6 position. Ramirez toppled Robakidze (6-3, 6-4) for her third consecutive win in the No. 6 position.
"It was very difficult to watch Mari play her last matches here," Head Coach Kyle LaBranche shared on senior captain Aviles-Duron's final home matches. "She's been the heart and sole of the program for the past four years. It was great to see her and Maria get a win in their last home match together. The two have been such great teammates and friends, they deserved to finish on a high note."
Aviles-Duron and the Friars are back in action Thursday, April 18 when they travel to Tampa, Fla. to compete in the BIG EAST Championships.