Oct. 17, 2011
FAIRFIELD, CONN. - The Providence College women's tennis team competed at the New England Invitational on October 15-16 in Fairfield, Conn. The event was hosted by Sacred Heart University and Fairfield University. Six Friars advanced to the semifinals of their respective singles flights, including four student-athletes who made their way to the final.
In No. 1 Singles, Marisela Aviles-Duron (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) defeated Kate Donnelly from Sacred Heart in the opening match, 6-2, 6-3. In the semifinals, Aviles-Duron won a hard-fought match against Jennifer Learmonth of Connecticut, 7-6, 6-4. Despite an injury toward the end of the first set in the final match, she continued, dropping the first set, 7-6 (4), and the second set, 6-2. Her opponent in the final was Abby Liu of Hartford.
Maria Clara Bernardez (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) competed in No. 2 singles for the Friars. She won her opening match against Caroline Emhardt of Fairfield, 6-1, 6-3. In the semifinals, Bernardez earned a 6-1, 6-7 (10) (10-7) victory over Marcela Brandao of Bryant. Her afternoon came to an end in the final, falling to Maxene Weinberg of Connecticut, 6-2, 6-4.
At No. 3, Karen Ramirez (San Juan, Puerto Rico) won her opening match, 6-4, 6-1, against Kristina Chao of Sacred Heart. She went on to defeat Katina Zampas of Hartford in the semifinal match, 7-6, 6-4. In the final, Ramirez fell to Lucy Nutting of UConn, 6-3, 6-4.
Two Friars were in the draw for No. 4 singles. Taylor Corder (Corinth, Miss.) won her opening match against Carolina Koldadzyn of Fairfield, 6-2, 6-3. She fell in her semifinal match against Devlin-Ann Ammendola of Bryant, 6-3, 6-0. Corder went on to win third place at No. 4 with a victory over Delaney Downing of Sacred Heart, 8-3. Also in the No. 4 singles draw was Ali Carnall (Hatfield, Mass.). She dropped her opening match to UConn's Marie Gargiulo, 6-2, 6-0. She bounced back to defeat Hartford's Haley Gileau, 8-0, before falling to Koldadzyn (Fairfield), 8-1.
Taylor Ahlborn (Minneapolis, Minn.) competed at No. 5 singles, where she was awarded a bye in the opening match. In the semifinals, Ahlborn defeated Fairfield's Victoria Pirrello, 3-6, 7-5 (10-8). She also fell victim in the final to a member of Connecticut's squad, 6-2, 6-3, at the hands of Lauren Wilmarth.
At No. 6, Elisabetta Dewitt (Boulder, Colo.) posted an opening match victory over Haley Dubits of Sacred Heart, 6-0, 6-0. She fell to Fairfield's Emma Samson, 6-4, 7-5, in the semifinals. Dewitt rebounded with a victory in the third-place match against Sacred Heart's Maggie Tooley, 8-2.
In doubles action, Aviles-Duron, who was still feelings the ill effects of injury, teamed up with Bernardez at No. 1. The duo accepted a bye in the opening round, before falling to Learmonth and Weinberg of Connecticut, 9-7, in the semifinals. Aviles-Duron and Bernardez forfeited the third-place match.
At No. 2 doubles, Ramirez and Corder fell to Kaldan and Downing of Sacred Heart, 8-6. The duo rallied to defeat Fitzgrald and Waddington of Marist College, 8-1. Ramirez and Corder withdrew against Legenza and Ryzewski of Sacred Heart because of injury.
Carnall and Ahlborn teamed together for the first time in doubles play at No. 3, and finished in third with an impressive tournament run. The duo won their opening match, 8-1, over Rodrigues and Tooley of Sacred Heart. In the semifinals, they fell to Nutting and Wilmarth of Connecticut, 8-1. In the third-place match, Carnall and Ahlborn posted a 9-7 victory over Fairfield's, Pirrello and Samson.
The Friars have concluded their fall season as a team, but will send Aviles-Duron and Bernardez to the ITA Regional Championships in New Haven, Conn. on October 22-23.
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