DANES DROP A CLOSE ONE TO FRIARS, 5-2


(Tri-City Tennis and Fitness, Latham, NY).  The Great Danes lost the doubles point and the first two singles matches to fall behind 3-0, but kept fighting and nearly won this match.  Rocio Lopez was the only double winner on the day as she and Kirsten Scott dominated at #1 doubles, then she pulled out a hard fought three-setter at #3 singles.  And freshman Cat Crummey won again at #4 singles in straight sets to account for the Danes only two points.  
 
Scott came within one point of winning at #1 singles, and proved she can compete well at that always demanding position.  Mireille Hermans made a big comeback at #2 after dropping the first set to take the second set and nearly go up 4-2 in the third.  Fran White and Sarah Iannone (#6 and #5 respectively) showed much improvement in both their singles and doubles.  
 
The match took exactly four hours and was a highly spirited affair!  Both teams were cheering at a high vocal level, much of it in Spanish.  In the end, Providence just kept a few more balls in the court in key situations, and relied on their experience to take key wins at #1 and #2 singles, which turned out to be the difference today.
 
The Danes,1-1 on the season, take on FAIRFIELD with an expected start time of 3:00pm on Thursday, Feb. 14 at the Bubble on the UA campus.  It’s a VALENTINES DAY SPECIAL…Free Admission to everyone who brings a Valentines Day card or candy!!
 
 
Coach Graham:  This was a great college tennis match with everything you could want except a win for the home team.  We competed with so much heart and effort!  We dropped the doubles point, then fell behind 3-0 after two singles matches, but the four remaining players kept fighting and we came within a few points of sweeping all of them to take the match.   This team can accomplish a lot this season by competing like this going forward.  We are going to improve on the practice courts, and we will get more healthy, too.  I feel good about what lies ahead for this season!
 
UALBANY 2   PROVIDENCE COLLEGE  5
 
Doubles:
1.  Scott-Lopez (UA) def. Aviles- Bernardez (PC) 8-3
2.  Prinos-Corder (PC) def. Hermans-Crummey (UA) 8-2*
3.  Ramirez-Zangari (PC) def. Iannone-White (UA) 8-3
Order of finish: 3,2,1.  
*=doubles point clincher                                                                                                                                                              
Singles:
1.  Marisela Aviles (PC) def. Kirsten Scott (UA) 2-6,7-5,7-6(0)
2.  Maria Bernardez (PC) def. Mireille Hermans (UA) 6-2,4-6,6-4 $$
3.  Rocio Lopez (UA) def. Alana Prinos (PC) 6-4,5-7,6-3
4.  Cat Crummey (UA) def. Taylor Corder (PC) 6-4,7-5
5.  Karen Ramirez (PC) def. Sarah Iannone (UA) 6-3,6-0
6.  Hannah Zanjari (PC) def. Fran White (UA) 6-3,6-1
Order of finish: 5,6,4,2,3,1
$$=Match clincher
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