Vo earned wins at No. 2 doubles and singles to lead the Skyhawks to victory.
Vo and O'Donnell lead Skyhawks as double-winners, Porter notches deciding three-set win at No. 3 singles
EASTON, Mass. (September 16, 2017) – In a match which had more ups and downs, twists and turns, than any amusement park rollercoaster, Stonehill College, ranked No. 6 in the most recent Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division II East Regional rankings, notched a 6-3 triumph over Adelphi University, ranked No. 5 in the region, in Northeast-10 Conference women's tennis action at Charles Watt Tennis Courts this afternoon.
Senior Colleen O'Donnell (Waterville, Maine/Waterville) and sophomore Alexandra Vo (Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania/Nazareth Academy) led Stonehill to its first win over Adelphi in eight matches, including four 5-4 defeats, dating back to an 8-1 win in March 2013, with both singles and doubles victories. Freshman Isabelle Porter (Jupiter, Florida/William T. Dwyer), along with O'Donnell, were among three Skyhawks to clinch three-set triumphs, delivering a 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 victory over Panthers senior Elizabeth Kallenberg (Port Washington, New York/Paul D. Schreiber) at No. 3 singles to clinch the team win.
Vo combined with sophomore Annelise Howick (Jacksonville, Florida/Creekside) for an 8-6 win at No. 2 doubles that clinched a 2-1 Stonehill edge after doubles play. Vo followed that up by earning the Skyhawks first singles point with her 6-4, 6-3 decision at No. 2 singles against Adelphi freshman Nicole Kielan (Valley Stream, New York/Valley Stream South).
O'Donnell and freshman Bethany Hammond (Belgrade, Maine/St. Dominic's) put Stonehill's first point on the scoreboard with a comfortable 8-1 win at No. 3 doubles. O'Donnell followed that up by grinding out a key 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 victory at No. 5 singles against Adelphi junior Karen Serina (East Islip, New York/East Islip) that drew the Skyhawks within a point of the team win. Sophomore Caroline Ray (Falmouth, Maine/Falmouth) also notched a three-set win, rallying from 5-1 down in the third to slip past senior Vanja Savic (Woodside, New York/Beacon School) 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.
Senior Rebecca Fakas (Little Neck, New York/Benjamin N. Cardozo), the No. 16-ranked singles player in the East Region, earned two points for Adelphi. She and Serina, the region's No. 4-ranked doubles team, notched the Panthers lone doubles point with an 8-5 win at No. 1. Fakas followed that up with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) win at No. 1 singles against Stonehill senior Victoria Barbetta (Wesley Chapel, Florida/Saddlebrook Prep (Fla.)) that knotted the score at 3-3 with her teammates having forced third sets at No. 3, 5 and 6 singles. Junior Samantha Perri (Floral Park, New York/Floral Park Memorial) also earned a singles win for the Panthers, edging junior Nicole Downey (Groveland, Massachusetts/Pentucket Regional) 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) at No. 4 singles.
Stonehill (3-0, 1-0 NE10) is right back in action tomorrow, when it visits Saint Michael's College for an NE10 clash at noon. The Skyhawks return home on Tuesday to host the University of New Haven at Watt Courts at 3 p.m. Adelphi (2-1, 1-1 NE10) visits Bentley University tomorrow at 11 a.m.
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