Bouncing back from a difficult spring break road trip, the women’s tennis team redeemed themselves this past Saturday, defeating the Division II LeMoyne College 6-3, improving UR’s record to 5-7. The team felt comfortable at home after a one-week road trip, where they lost two of six singles matches.

No. 1 and freshman Colleen Cross defeated Katie Fiato 6-3, 6-4, while junior Jaymi Della overcame Nicole Beaubriand 1-6, 6-4, 6-3, despite having a slow start. Freshman Shivani Kumar continued her dominance on court by overpowering Junior Danielle Roux 6-3, 6-1.

LeMoyne’s doubles opponents were competitive. Cross and Kumar teamed up to beat veteran opponents Fiato and Roux 8-4.

Freshman Alexa Perry and junior Tessa Baker defeated Molly Harnden and Nicole Beaubriand 9-7 after a hard fought match.

However, Della and freshman Vera Yakovchenko couldn’t handle their Lemoyne doubles competitors, losing in a close match 8-6.

Though freshman Alexa Perry was missing from action during spring break due to illness, she came back against Lemoyne to defeat Megali 6-4, 6-1.

UR endured a challenging schedule last week, facing more experienced teams. One of those teams was Fairfield University, a Division I team. The Yellowjackets fell to Fairfield 2-9.

Despite their opponent’s skill, the Cross-Kumar doubles team played extremely well together, beating Fairfield’s top doubles team in a decisive match 8-5.

Cross hopes to continue her success in doubles play.

“Getting some doubles wins will get us off to a good start and will help give us confidence for singles,” Cross said.

“Colleen and Shivani’s doubles matches were always impressive and a showing of UR’s best,” Yakovchenko said.

Lee can be reached at alee@campustimes.org.



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