Women's Tennis Falls To Villanova In First Round At BIG EAST Championships

    Bernardez helped the Friars capture the doubles point.

    Bernardez helped the Friars capture the doubles point.

    April 24, 2014

    FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. -

    The Providence College women's tennis team fell 5-1 to the Villanova Wildcats today (April 24). The Friars entered the match as the eighth-ranked seed, while Villanova was the ninth-seeded team of the tournament. The loss brings the Friars overall record to 5-16 on the season.
    

    Freshmen Jennifer DeLuca (Riverside, Conn.) and Amanda Pitocco (Warwick, R.I.) earned their sixth win in the No. 3 position this season to kick start the match. DeLuca and Pitocco defeated Samantha Schafer and Connor Brewer (8-5) to move their doubles record together to 6-4 in the No. 3 position.

    Doubles partners senior Maria Clara Bernardez (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) and junior Karen Ramirez (San Juan, Puerto Rico) competed in the No. 1 position, where the duo defeated Mikelle Mancini and Tori Smyth (8-6) for their second doubles win together this season. With the victory, the two clinched the doubles point for Providence.

    Sophomore Hannah Zangari (Saunderstown, R.I.) put up a long battle with Linley Busby at the No. 5 singles position before eventually falling (3-6, 6-4, 6-2).

    Though the Friars were able to take the doubles point, Providence was not able to rally in singles action to take the match.

    Complete Results
    #9 Villanova 5, #8 Providence 1
    

    Doubles 1. Maria Bernardez and Karen Ramirez (PC) def. M. Mancini and T. Smyth (VU), 8-6 2. L. Busby and K. Pettee (VU) leading Alana Prinos and Hannah Zangari (PC), 7-6 3. Jennifer DeLuca and Amanda Pitocco (PC) def. S. Schafer and C. Brewer (VU), 8-5 Order of finish: 3, 1, 2 DNF

    Singles 1. Mancini (VU) def. Bernardez (PC) 7-5, 6-0 2. Smyth (VU) def. Prinos (PC) 0-6, 6-3, 6-3 3. Schafer (VU) def. DeLuca (PC) 7-6 (4), 6-2 4. Pettee (VU) def. Ramirez (PC) 6-1, 6-4 5. Busby (VU) def. Zangari (PC) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 6. Olivia Hogan (PC) led Brewer (VU) 7-6 (3), 2-6, 1-0 Order of finish: 1, 4, 3, 5, 2, 6 DNF

    --GO FRIARS--