The Slippery Rock University women’s tennis team took on the Clarion University Golden Eagles this past Wednesday in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) match-up. The women came out victorious with an 8-1 win over the Golden Eagles. With the win, the team climbs to a 13-9 overall record and moves to exactly to .500 (3-3) in the PSAC.
Sophomore Nina Barbano and freshman Amanda Bruscemi improved their doubles record to 7-1 with a strong 8-1 win in the second flight over Sarah Robbins and Jessica Kennelly. In the third flight, juniors Stephanie Fortier and Kylee Woodman also continued their great season together improving their record to 6-1 while besting Michelle Petrilla and Allison Probst 8-1.
The sole loss of the evening for the ladies came at no.1 doubles with the pairing of junior Tiffany Kollah and sophomore Carla Corrochano Moracho dropping the match to Maria Snyder and Alivia Arnold 9-8 (7-5).
In singles, Bruscemi beat Kennelly 6-1, 6-0 at no. 4 singles. Kollah triumphed Robbins in the third slot 6-0, 6-0 while Fortier was also able to match scores of 6-0, 6-0 in the fifth flight beating Reddy.
“We competed today,” Bruscemi said. “Besides that one loss in doubles, we played a consistent and overall great match. Part of our success, I believe, is going into certain matches knowing we will come out and win as long as we work hard. Coach Meredith always talks about coming out strong in doubles and continuing that success into singles and that’s what we did.”
Although victory was already eminent for The Rock, freshman Allie Welch defeated Petrilla 6-2, 6-2 at no. 6 singles. At no. 1 singles, Corrochano handled Arnold with ease defeating her 6-2, 6-0. Barbano continued her strong season with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Snyder.
“I am really excited for regionals,” Barbano said coming off her team-leading 16th win. “We are playing really well and we need to keep it going because regionals are always tough. However, all of our focus right now needs to be on Saturday. We have to be ready to compete and play hard.”
With the season winding down, the ladies will look for one final regular season win against another form of Golden Eagles, this time, the University of Charleston Golden Eagles. The match is this Saturday the 23rd at the University of Charleston. The match is set to start at 1 p.m.