NE-10 SEMIFINAL: #1 Women's Tennis Rolls Past #4 Bentley to Final, 5-0

Alvarez posted wins at No. 3 singles and No. 3 doubles this afternoon.

Alvarez leads Skyhawks with wins at No. 3 singles and doubles

EASTON, Mass. (October 21, 2016) – Top-seeded and Northeast-10 Conference regular season champions Stonehill College advanced to its third straight NE-10 Championship match with a 5-0 triumph over fourth-seeded Bentley University in semifinal round action of the NE-10 Tournament at Charles Watt Tennis Courts this afternoon.

Stonehill (12-2, 11-1 NE-10), ranked sixth in the Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division II East Regional rankings, advances to Sunday's NE-10 Championship match against the winner of tonight's other semifinal between sixth-seeded and defending tournament champions Adelphi University (9-4, 8-4 NE-10) and second-seeded Southern New Hampshire University (12-2, 10-2 NE-10) being played in Manchester, New Hampshire. Sunday's final will start at Watt Courts at 1 p.m. The Skyhawks will be seeking their sixth NE-10 Tournament title, last winning the championship in 2014. Bentley sees its fall season come to a close with a 9-5 record overall, including 8-4 in the NE-10.

Freshman Carolina Alvarez (Orlando, Florida/Freedom) led Stonehill to the semifinal win this afternoon by claiming victories at No. 3 singles and doubles. Her 6-2, 6-0 singles triumph against Bentley freshman Tiffany Suchanek (Waterville, Maine/Waterville) provided the deciding fifth point for the Skyhawks, sending the team through to the NE-10 final for the 11th time under the dual match tournament format started in 1999. Alvarez and freshman Annelise Howick (Jacksonville, Florida/Creekside) helped Stonehill sweep the three doubles matches with their 8-5 decision at No. 3.

Barbetta was a part of a big win at No. 1 doubles.

Junior Victoria Barbetta (Wesley Chapel, Florida/Saddlebrook Prep) and freshman Alexandra Vo (Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania/Nazareth Academy) set the tone for Stonehill's doubles sweep with their 8-1 victory at No. 1. Junior Emma Prinos (Foxboro, Massachusetts/Foxboro) and sophomore Nicole Downey (Groveland, Massachusetts/Pentucket Regional) battled through a back and forth match at No. 2 doubles for an 8-6 win to complete the sweep.

Junior Colleen O'Donnell (Waterville, Maine/Waterville) remained unbeaten in NE-10 singles matches over her career with a 6-2, 6-0 decision at No. 6 against junior Katie Brandow (East Northport, New York/Northport) to post Stonehill's first singles point in the match. The Skyhawks led in the remaining four singles matches that went unfinished in the second sets when the match was halted after Alvarez's deciding point.

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