Sept. 16, 2012

HAMDEN, CONN. - The Providence College women's tennis team competed on September 14-16 in the Quinnipiac Invitational. They competed in both singles and doubles and won the Flight A doubles title.

Senior Marisela Aviles-Duron (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) advanced to the championship in Flight A singles with a win over Rachel Cantor of Quinnipiac in the semifinals (6-0, 6-4) and a win over Sarah Viebrock of Quinnipiac in the quarterfinal match (6-3, 6-2). Aviles-Duron eventually fell to Chloe Wing Sher of Seton Hall in a tie-breaker (6-2, 3-6, (10-5)). Teammates Maria Clara Bernardez (Santo Domingo, Dominican Rep.) and Alana Prinos (Foxborough, Mass.) also competed in Flight A singles, where their efforts carried them to quarter and semi-final losses, respectively.

In Flight B Singles sophomore Taylor Corder (Corinth, Miss.) fell to Karina Cordero Martinez of Seton Hall in quarterfinal play (3-6, 6-3, (11-9)). After a loss in open round play to Katie DeRienzo of Sacred Heart, freshman Hannah Zangari (Saunderstown, R.I.) went on to reach the semifinals of the Flight B consolation singles rounds.

Flight C Singles saw Karen Ramirez (San Juan, P.R.) advance all the way to the championship match. Ramirez defeated teammate Caitlin Foley (Holden, Mass.) in the quarterfinal match (6-2, 6-1) and Madison Shoemaker of Seton Hall in the semifinals (7-5, 6-4). Ramirez was then defeated by Julia Keenan of Seton Hall (6-2, 6-1). Elisabetta Dewitt (Boulder, Colo.) and Taylor Ahlborn (Minneapolis, Minn.) both fell in the opening round of the Flight C singles and in the opening round of the Flight C consolation singles.



Providence saw glimpses of success in the Flight D singles matches. Alli Carnall (Hatfield, Mass.) made it past the opening round with a win over Haley Dubits of Sacred Heart (6-0, 6-1). Carnall then fell in the quarterfinal match to Erin Suvar of Quinnipiac (6-1, 6-3). Teammate Katherine Ripple (Hingham, Mass.) reached the semifinal match with wins over Lauren Rodrigues of Sacred Heart and Nicole Keklik of Quinnipiac before falling to Anna Guryanova of Seton Hall. After a loss in open round play freshmen Olivia Hogan (Gaithersburg, Md.) went on to win three matches to take the Flight D consolation singles championship.

The Friars found great success in Flight A doubles where Aviles-Duron and Bernardez won the championship match over Quinnipiac's Raynor and Dassa (8-6). Corder and Prinos reached the quarterfinal match before falling to Viebrock and Contour of Quinnipiac (8-3), who was later defeated by Aviles-Duron and Bernardez in the semifinal match (9-8, (8)). Zangari and Ramirez fell in open round play before reaching the semifinal match of the Flight A consolation doubles with a win over Zampas and Goldman of Hartford (8-1).

In Flight B doubles, all three of the Friars' pairs fell in opening round play before finding success in the Flight B consolation doubles rounds. Carnall and Dewitt reached the championship match with wins over Tooley and Aptekin of Sacred Heart in the opening rounds (8-1) and Beck and Greenberg of Hartford in the semifinals (8-4). Teammates Ahlborn and Ripple also reached the championship match with wins over Baker and Griffin of UConn in the opening round (8-5) and teammates Hogan and Foley in the semifinal (8-5). The double pairs opted out of playing the championship game against one another.

The Friars are back in action later this week when they travel to Smithfield, R.I. to compete against Bryant University on September 19 at 3:00 p.m. --GO FRIARS

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