The Slippery Rock University women’s tennis team finished up its spring trip to Florida with a 9-0 loss to the Embry-Riddle Eagles. To begin the day, the SRU doubles team of Tiffany Kollah and Kylee Woodman lost to Embry-Riddle’s Meena Bennet and Giovanna Tomiotto 8-2 at third singles. Hui-I Huang and Anna Gotz defeated SRU’s sophomore pair Carla Corrochano Moracho and Nina Barbano 8-3 in the first flight. Kathryn Bock and Paula Ortiz Couder lifted Embry-Riddle to an 8-2 victory against The Rock’s junior Stephanie Fortier and freshman Amanda Bruscemi at second singles.
Freshman Allie Welch opened singles play with a loss to Embry-Riddle’s Bennet in the sixth flight with scores of 6-2, 6-1.
Gotz defeated Barbano with a 6-3, 6-1 win at second singles to add another win to the win column for Embry-Riddle.
To finish up singles play, Kathryn Bock took victory over Fortier 6-0, 6-1 in the fifth slot, while Tomiotto beat Bruscemi 6-2, 6-0 at fourth singles.
“Although the competition against Embry-Riddle was tough,” Bruscemi explained, “The nice weather and the ability to play in beautiful weather for a few days really helped us to get better and to prepare us for the competition we will face in the PSAC.”
In the third flight, Kollah lost to Couder 6-2, 6-0 and Corrochano just lost to Huang 6-4, 6-4 at number 1 singles.
The ladies, now with an overall record of 7-5, were scheduled to play Grove City on March 18, but that match has been postponed to a later date.
They will play their Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division Opener on March 25 against rival IUP at 4 p.m. at the Slippery Rock University Tennis Courts.
“As long as weather permits, we have to get out to the courts as much as possible to be ready for IUP,” says Freshman Allie Welch “Mental preparation and confidence is needed by everybody on the team. It will be a tough matchup but we can do it.”