Women's Tennis Competes At USTA Invitational

Zangari (above) with doubles partner Bernardez earned a spot in the semifinals.

Oct. 15, 2013

FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. - The Providence College women's tennis team wrapped up play at the USTA Invitational on Sunday, Oct. 13 in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. The invitational started on Friday, Oct. 11 and concluded on Sunday, Oct. 13. The Friars saw two quarter finalist in singles play.

Competing in the flight B singles division was senior Maria Clara Bernardez (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic), who went 0-3 on the weekend. Bernardez dropped matches to opponents from Princeton (6-2, 6-1), Fordham (3-6, 6-3; 10-6) and Binghamton (4-6, 6-0; 10-4).

Sophomore Alana Prinos (Foxborough, Mass.) competed in the singles C flight, where she went 2-1 on the weekend to advance to the quarterfinal round. Prinos earned a win over Mariam Zein of Rutgers (6-3, 6-3) to send her to the quarterfinal round, where she fell to an opponent from NJIT (6-2, 5-7; 10-4). Her consolation win came against an opponent from Bryant (Inj.).

Freshman Jennifer DeLuca (Riverside, Conn.) was the other Friar to make it to the quarterfinal round with a win over Natalia Melibeu from NJIT (0-6, 6-4; 10-6). DeLuca fell to an opponent from Columbia in the quarterfinal round (6-0, 2-6; 10-6) before beating Julia Keenan of Seton Hall in a consolation match (6-2, 6-1).

In flight E, sophomore Hannah Zangari (Sauderstown, R.I.) went 0-3 on the weekend. Zangari fell to opponents from Harvard (6-0, 6-0), NJIT (6-4, 3-6; 10-8) and Connecticut (6-3, 6-0). Classmate Olivia Hogan (Gaithersburg, Md.) also went 0-3 on the weekend in the flight F singles division. Hogan fell to competitors from UTA (6-0, 6-2), St. Francis (2-6, 6-2; 10-5) and Princeton (6-1, 6-1).



Freshman Amanda Pitocco (Warwick, R.I.) was the final Friar to compete in singles play. Pitocco went 1-2 over the weekend with a win against Bianca Posa of Hofstra (3-6, 6-2; 10-5) and losses to competitors from Pitt (6-0, 6-1) and NJIT (6-0, 6-3).

The Friars were able to find success in doubles play, when Bernardez and Zangari earned a spot in the semifinal around of the No. 2 doubles flight, where the pair fell to a duo from UTA (8-6). Bernardez and Zangari earned wins over competitors from Fordham (8-3) and Connecticut (8-3).

In the No. 3 flight of doubles play was DeLuca and Prinos, where the pair went 2-1 on the weekend. The duo earned wins over competitors from University of Delaware (8-5) and St. Francis (8-6). Hogan and Pitocco were the last Friars to compete in doubles play, where the two went 1-2 in the No. 4 flight. Hogan and Pitocco suffered losses to competitors from Connecticut (8-3) and NJIT (8-5).


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