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#45 Southern New Hampshire Edges Stonehill, 5-4


Freshman Meryl Lawrence was a double-winner to lead Stonehill at #45 Southern New Hampshire this afternoon.

Mukdaprakorn and Vamvakitis lead Penmen to key NE-10 win 

MANCHESTER, N.H. (April 4, 2012) – Southern New Hampshire University, ranked 45th in the ITA Division II national rankings and fourth in the East Region, bounced back from a 2-1 deficit after doubles play to claim a 5-4 victory over Stonehill College, ranked seventh in the region, in a key Northeast-10 Conference women's tennis matchup at SNHU Courts this afternoon.

Junior Alena Mukdaprakorn (Hartford, Conn./Kingswood Oxford) and freshman Diana Vamvakitis (Wading River, N.Y./Westhampton Beach) led Southern New Hampshire to the victory as double-winners as the Penmen overcame a 2-1 deficit following doubles play by winning each of the top four singles flights to clinch the key Conference win. The duo paired to claim SNHU's lone doubles win with an 8-1 triumph over Stonehill senior Sarah Hickey (Lee, Mass./Lee) and junior Paige Frost (Brigantine, N.J./Holy Spirit) at No. 1. Mukdaprakorn then defeated Skyhawks senior Amy Toegemann (Narragansett, R.I./The Lincoln School) 6-4, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, while Vamvakitis topped junior Jennifer Denyes (Bradenton, Fla./St. Stephens Episcopal) 6-3, 6-3 at No. 2.

Junior Amanda Albuquerque (Weymouth, Mass./Weymouth) helped key the SNHU rally with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Stonehill freshman Katie Gilligan (Wakefield, R.I./The Prout School) at No. 3 singles. Freshman Jamie Hann (Westhampton, N.Y./Westhampton Beach) clinched the win with her 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) triumph over Frost at No. 4 singles. It marks the first NE-10 loss for Frost in singles play after winning the first 30 Conference singles matches of her career.

Freshman Meryl Lawrence (North Scituate, R.I./Mount Saint Charles Academy) was a double-winner for Stonehill. She combined with Toegemann for an 8-6 victory at No. 3 doubles over Albuquerque and sophomore Kirsten Jean (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) before topping Jean at No. 6 singles, 6-2, 6-3 for her ninth straight singles win. Hickey also bounced back from her doubles setback for a 6-1, 6-0 decision over SNHU senior Samantha Jean (Bedford, N.H./Manchester West) at No. 5 singles.

Senior Bacall Brooks (York, Maine/St. Thomas Aquinas) and junior Jacquelyn Harrow (North Reading, Mass./North Reading) combined for an 8-5 victory at No. 2 doubles over Hann and Samantha Jean.

Stonehill (11-4, 9-1 NE-10) is off until Tuesday, April 10, when it hosts Saint Anselm College on Charles Watt Tennis Courts at 3 p.m. Southern New Hampshire (12-5, 9-1 NE-10) visits Merrimack College on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Southern New Hampshire 9, Stonehill 0

Singles:

1. Alena Mukdaprakorn (SNH) def. Amy Toegemann (STO) 6-4, 6-0

2. Diana Vamvakitis (SNH) def. Jennifer Denyes (STO) 6-3, 6-3

3. Amanda Albuquerque (SNH) def. Katie Gilligan (STO) 6-4, 6-3

4. Jamie Hann (SNH) def. Paige Frost (STO) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)

5. Sarah Hickey (STO) def. Samantha Jean (SNH) 6-1, 6-0

6. Meryl Lawrence (STO) def. Kirsten Jean (SNH) 6-2, 6-3

*Doubles:

1. Mukdaprakorn/Vamvakitis (SNH) def. Frost/Hickey (STO) 8-1

2. Jacquelyn Harrow/Bacall Brooks (STO) def. Hann/S. Jean (SNH) 8-5

3. Toegemann/Lawrence (STO) def. K. Jean/Albuquerque (SNH) 8-6

 * - doubles matches played first