Oct. 15, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's tennis team co-hosted the New England Championships on Saturday, Oct. 13 and Sunday, Oct. 14. The Friars won by 10 points over the next competitor and advanced to the finals in each of the singles and doubles flights and were the only non-scholarship team in the tournament.
Leading the team in No. 1 singles was senior Marisela Aviles-Duron (Tegucigalpa, Honduras). Aviles-Duron went 2-1 on the weekend, blanking Ashley Harel of Hartford (6-0, 6-0) and defeating Gabi Kaldan of Sacred Heart (6-2, 6,2). She eventually fell to Galina Chernykh of URI in a close fought match (6-4, 7-5).
Junior Maria Clara Bernardez (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) went 2-1 on the weekend at No. 2 singles, defeating Victoria Pirrello of Fairfield (6-2, 6-1) and Marcela Brandao of Bryant (6-3, 6-4) to advance to the finals. Bernardez fell to Srna Stosljevic of UConn (6-4, 6-3).
At No. 3 singles was freshman Alana Prinos (Foxborough, Mass.). The young Friar took the flight and went 3-0 on the weekend. Prinos defeated Stephanie Smyers of Bryant (6-4, 6-1) and then beat Nithila Asokaraj of URI in a close fought match (7-5, 2-6, 10-3) before advancing to the finals. In the final match Prinos cruised by Paige Olson of Sacred Heart (6-3, 6-2).
Sophomore Taylor Corder (Corinth, Miss.) competed at No. 4 singles where she posted come-back wins in two of her three matches. She took wins from Paige Frost of Stonehill (5-7, 6-1, 10-5) and Devil-Ann Ammendola of Bryant (6-7 (8-6), 6-3, 10-7). She eventually fell in the final match against Katie DeRienzo of Sacred Heart (6-4, 7-6 (11-9)).
Sophomore Karen Ramirez (San Juan, Puerto Rico) advanced to the finals with a 2-1 record on the weekend. In the opening rounds, Ramirez defeated Karolina Wojciak of URI (7-5, 6-4) and Lucy Bird of Bryant (7-6 (7-2), 6-4). In the finals of No. 5 singles Ramirez lost to Abby McKeon of UConn (6-2, 6-1).
The standout of the tournament was freshman Hannah Zangari (Saunderstown, R.I.). With a strong performance Zangari went 3-0 on the weekend in No. 6 singles. Her dominant play let her cruise by Alyssa Migliorini of Sacred Heart (6-0, 6-1), Kaitlyn Martin of Stonehill (6-3, 6-1) and Natalie Robson of UConn (6-0, 6-2) to win the flight.
Going into the doubles rounds, the Friars held the lead but needed to clinch at least one of the three flights to ensure the win. The Huskies were right behind them and the Friars faced UConn pairs in each of the three flights. It was Ramirez and Zangari defeating Gargiulo and Burgess of UConn (8-1) that clinched the win for the Friars in No. 3 doubles. At No. 1 doubles, Aviles-Duron and Bernardez easily defeated Mckeon and Learmouth of UConn (8-1) in the finals. In No. 2 doubles Prinos and Corder defeated Weinburg and Nutting of UConn (8-5) to wrap-up the Friar sweep. Each Friar pair went 3-0 on the weekend.
The Friars are back in action Oct. 19-21 when members of the team compete at the ITA Championships and the Middlebury Invitational.
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