Anna Dyakiv – Nichols Women’s Tennis

Anna Dyakiv continues her winning ways at Nichols College.  It started out with a 6-1, 6-1 win in singles over Western New England‘s Christina Barbarisi and an 8-1 win in doubles with partner Linday Benoit over Caitlin Hughes and Nicole Desimone.  The next match was against Babson and despite the teams 6-3 loss,Anna and Lindsay remained undefeated in both singles and doubles. n singles the score was 6-3, 6-4 over Alex Freeman and in doubles the pair beat Freeman and Sarah Whitaker 8-4.  A 6-1, 6-4 win over Liz Lincoln of Colby Sawyer and a doubles victory over Lincoln and Claire Toffey  kept Dayakiv and doubles partner Benoit perfect for the fall.  That run would end at Wheaton where Anna lost both her singles (6-1, 6-0 to Lyndsay Cooke) and doubles where Cooke teamed with Alexandra Marlowe for an 8-6 win.  Cooke was All Conferen-.  ce First Team last year in the NEWMAC Conference, her record was 25-2, mostly at #3 singles for Wheaton.

The was a Tri Match with Rhode Island College and Assumption.  Anna beat Rhode Island College’s Chelsea Brown 6-1, 6-0.  Both Dyakiv and Benoit sat out the doubles for this match nobody lost more than 1 game in a set in the entire singles lineup.   Anna retired down 7-6 (3), 2-0 against Assumption’s Chrissy Lyon.  In the doubles, Anna and Lindsay beat Lyon and Jennifer Erickson 8-3.  Side note: Lindsay Benoit won both her singles matches without losing a point.  When Nichols played Wesleyan College Anna only played the doubles and they lost 8-2 to Grace Smith and Sarah Miller of Wesleyan.

Anna returned to singles for the Salve Regina match and beat Nichol Stevens 6-0, 6-3.  She also won in doubles 8-2 over Stevens and Elizabeth DeFilippo.  Anna sat out the match at Eastern Nazarene where Nichols won 9-0.  She returned to play against Roger Williams with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Tracy Klien and an 8-1 win in doubles over Klein and Samantha Curren.  Against Gordon College Anna was a 6-1, 6-1 winner over Kallie Garrett.  Anna and Lindsay Benoit beat Jessie Dupre and Alyssa McCarthy 8-0.  On to Curry College and a 6-2, 6-0 win over Megan Mulrooney (singles) and a 8-5 win over Mulrooney and Emily Mongello.  In the next match Nichols took out Wentworth 9-0 without Dyakiv or Benoit who were both competing in the USTA/ITA Division 3 New England Champiosnhips at Bates College (more on that later i this article).  Nichols played Endicott in the last match of the regular season and escaped with a 5-4 win.  Anna won at #1 singles, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 over Kate Cioffi.  In doubles, Benoit and Dyakiv won over Cioffi and Emily Annis 8-3.

Next up was the Commonwealth Coast Conference Championships and Salve Regina – the #4 seed.  Nichols was the #1 seed.  This time Anna beat Nichol Stevens 6-1, 6-1 and in the doubles it was Dyakiv and Benoit over Elizabeth DeFilippo and Meg Olson 8-2.  Onto the finals against #2 seed Endicott and a 6-0, 7-5 win over Kate Cioffi along with a doubles win over Cioffi and Annis (8-2).  Despite wins by Dyakiv and Benoit, Endicott was able to avenge their only loss of the season with a 5-3 win.  The school finished with a 12-4 record and was a perfect 8-0 in regular season league play.  Benoit finished undefeated in team match play in singles.

At the D3 regionals, Anna drew #4 seed Lok Sze-Leung of Middlebury and lost 6-0, 6-0.  In the doubles, she and benoit won their first round match against Erika Blauth and Kristen Doeror of host school bates College.  They lost their second round match against Victoria Aiello and Leah Kepping of Middlebury College.  Anna was 11-3 in singles for the year and 11-3 in doubles with teammate Benoit.


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