Rock falls on the road to St. Bonaventure

Published by Zack Bonnette, Author: Zack Bonnette - Senior Rocket Contributor , Date: February 11, 2019
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The Slippery Rock University tennis team suffered their second loss of the season at the hands of St. Bonaventure by a score of 5-2 on Saturday afternoon. 

The loss drops Slippery Rock to an overall record of 3-2, as St. Bonaventure, an NCAA Division I team, records their first victory of the season, improving to 1-6 on the year. 

Viola Lugmayr and Lauren Fadden were both responsible with putting The Rock on the board, each recording hard-fought singles victories. 

Lugmayr got The Rock on the board first, defeating St. Bonaventure’s Kahlei Reisinger in a three-set battle with a final score of 6-3, 5-7, 7-5 in the second flight. Fadden also registered a win of her own as she downed Emily Stanley, 6-1, 7-6 in the fifth flight. 

In the last singles match of the day, Allie Welch lost a heartbreaker to Paula Venilla 7-6 (6), 7-6 (2). It was a similar story and ending in the third flight as well, as St. Bonaventure’s Andrea Roque was able to hang on against Lois Page, edging the promising Rock freshman 7-6 (4), 6-3. 

Lacey Cohen and Olivia Warner concluded singles play on Saturday. Cohen fell cold on Saturday, falling to Penelope Abreu 7-0, 6-1 in the first flight. Warner was defeated by Buse Gunay 6-2, 6-1 in the fourth flight. 

The Rock fell into a hole early, as St. Bonaventure won each of the three doubles matches which got the Bonnies on the board first before heading into the previously mentioned singles play.  

Velilla and Gunay blanked Welch and Fadden 6-0 in the third flight, as the other two flights ended with a 6-2 St. Bonaventure victory. Roque and Abreu defeated Page and Lugmayr in the second flight, while Stanley and Reisinger dropped Cohen and Warner in the lead flight. 

Slippery Rock will now turn their attention to another road matchup at Notre Dame College at 12 p.m. Fed. 17 at the Oxford Athletic Club in Wexford, Pennsylvania. 

Zack is a senior digital media production major and entering his first year on The Rocket staff, serving as assistant sports editor. Since a young age, Zack knew that his career would involve athletics in one way or another. After graduation, he hopes to work in the industry of sports broadcasting.

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