April 19, 2013
Tampa, Fla. -
The Providence College women's tennis team defeated Connecticut 4-3 on Friday, April 19 in Tampa, Fla. at the Big East Championships. It was the Friars doubles play that took the win from the Huskies.
In singles play sophomore Karen Ramirez (San Juan, Puerto Rico) earned her fifth win of spring play at the No. 6 position. Ramirez defeated Jennifer Learmouth (6-2, 6-3) to give the Friars a 1-0 lead.
The Huskies responded with a win at the No. 3 position to even the score at one apiece. Freshman Alana Prinos (Foxborough, Mass.) suffered a loss in straight sets to Lucy Nutting (6-4, 6-3) at the No. 3 position.
Junior captain Maria Clara Bernardez (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) reclaimed the lead for the Friars with a win over Maxene Weinberg in straight sets (6-2, 7-5) at the No. 2 position.
Up 2-1, the Friars allowed the Huskies to once again tie the match with a win in the No. 5 position. Freshman Hannah Zangari (Saunderstown, R.I.) fell at No. 5 singles, for only the second time this season, to Natalie Robson (7-5, 7-5) .
Sophomore Taylor Corder's (Corinth, MIss.) battle at the No. 4 position was not enough to give the Friars the advantage. After dropping the first set Corder rallied to push the match to a third set where she eventually fell to Abby McKeon (6-2, 5-7, 6-4).
Senior captain Marisela Aviles-Duron (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) made a huge comeback in the No. 1 position to keep the Friars afloat. After dropping the first set, Aviles-Duron battled back to defeat Srna Stosljevic (4-6, 6-1, 7-5) and tie the match at three apiece heading into doubles play.
The Friars swept the doubles action with wins at the No. 1 and 3 positions to give Providence its second win over Connecticut this season.
Freshman Olivia Hogan (Gaithersburg, Md.) and Zangari were the first to finish. The duo defeated Learmouth and Marie Gargiulo (8-4) at the No. 3 spot.
Aviles-Duron and Bernardez clinched the match for the Friars with their 22 win together this season. The pair defeated McKeon and Nutting (9-7) to lead the Friars to a 4-3 victory.
The Friars are back in action tomorrow, Saturday, April 19 at 9:30 a.m. when they take on Georgetown. Providence will enter the match as the 12th seeded team, while Georgetown will enter as the seventh seeded team.