Oct. 10, 2012
FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. - The Providence College tennis team competed at the USTA Invitational held in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. Oct. 6-8. Sophomore Karen Ramirez (San Juan, Puerto Rico) and freshman Hannah Zangari (Saunderstown, R.I.) made it to quarterfinal rounds in their respective singles flights before falling to their opponents.
Senior Marisela Aviles-Duron (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) competed in flight B singles, where she went 1-2 on the weekend. Aviles-Duron dropped matches to Jessica Harrow of Brown (6-2, 6-2) and Courtney Amos of Yale (6-1, 6-0), before defeating Bella Genkina of Fordham (6-3, 6-4).
Junior Friar, Maria Clara Bernardez (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) fell in each of her three flight D singles matches. She fell in a close round robin match to Susitas Dus of Southern Charleston University (0-6, 6-1; 10-7). Her following losses were to Dorthy Safron of University of Delaware (6-2, 6-3) and Sharrissa Ryan of Fairfield (6-4, 6-0).
Dropping her first two matches, freshman Alana Prinos (Foxborough, Mass.) rallied to win the third in flight E singles. Prinos earned her win over Lucy Jasso of St. Francis (6-0, 6-3) after falling to Monica Chow of Princeton (6-4, 5-7; 10-4) and Dina Guzairova of Fairleigh Dickinson University (6-2, 6-2).
Sophomore Taylor Corder (Corinth, Miss.) went 2-1 in flight F singles on the weekend. After dropping a close fought match to Ammu Mandalap of Brown (6-7(7), 6-4; 13-11), Corder went on to defeat Agatha Ambrozy of Binghamton (7-5, 6-4) and Shivani Patel of St. Francis (6-1, 6-2).
Ramirez went 1-2 in flight H singles on the weekend and was one of two Friars to make it to the quarterfinal round in her flight. A win over Lauren Michaels of Cornell (6-3, 6-2) put Ramirez in the quarterfinal where she fell to Arina Alileuva of Morgan State (6-1, 6-4).
Zangari rounded out the singles play for the Friars with a 2-1 finish in flight I singles on the weekend. Zangari defeated Megan Guidry of New Jersey Institute of Technology (6-0, 6-1) to advance to the quarterfinal round where she fell to Mann Leme of Fairleigh Dickinson University (6-2, 6-1). Zangari then rallied to close out her weekend of play with a win over Brittney Thompson of Long Island University (6-0, 6-4).
The Friars had pairs compete in No. 2, No. 4 and No. 5 doubles. Aviles-Duron and Bernardez competed in No. 2 doubles and finished 1-2 on the weekend. Their win came in the last match where they blanked Lai and Safron of the University of Delaware (8-0). At No. 4 doubles Corder and Prinos advanced to the semifinals with wins over Balsamo and Sasin of Rutgers (8-3) and Alileuva and Belyakova of Morgan State (9-7). The two eventually fell to Keenan and Shoemaker of Seton Hall (8-2). Finishing with a bang was Ramirez and Zangari at No. 5 doubles where the pair went 3-0 on the weekend. Ramirez and Zangari started with wins against Guigry and Tripcovici of the New Jersey Institute of Technology (8-3) and O'Connor and Sung of Army (8-5). The pair moved on to defeat Pavlovic and Thompson of Long Island University (8-3) in the final match of No. 5 doubles.
The Friars are back in action this Saturday, Oct. 13 and Sunday, Oct. 14 when they co-host the New England Championships.
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