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Tennis’ Brooks & Iannone Reach Consolation Doubles Final at Eastern Collegiate Invitational

West Point, N.Y.- UAlbany’s Aubrey Brooks and Sarah Iannone advanced to the Eastern Collegiate Invitational’s consolation doubles final on Sept. 23-24.  The tournament was held at Army on the Malek Courts.
Brooks and Iannone  won their first-round Doubles B Flight match over Quinnipiac‘s Morgan Crystal and Morgan Massey, but lost in the quarterfinals match, 9-8 (7-6), to Connectciut’s number one ranked duo of Julia Allen and Lucy Nutting. UAlbany’s doubles grouping went on to win its quarterfinal match in the consolation bracket, 8-5, over Rhode Island’s Karolina Wojciak.  The Great Danes proceeded to the finals after Hofstra‘s team of Malissa Galanchi and Sonia Tsay defaulted. Ultimately, Brooks and Iannone lost in the finals to Pittburgh’s squad of Kimmy Borza and Amanda Wickman, 8-0.
In the Doubles A Flight, freshmen Cheryl Kukkonen and Kirsten Scott lost their opening-round match to Fordham’s Sarah Ali and Bella Genkina, 8-4. The duo went on to the finals in the consolation bracket, but fell to Seton Hall‘s Karina Martinez-Cordero and Caitlin Foley, 8-4.
In the Singles D Flight, sophomore Rachel Drake fell to Bryant’s May Vickers in the first round in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1.
The Great Danes continue their fall season in their first dual match vs. Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 1:00 p.m. in Teaneck, N.J.

Aubrey Brooks Wins at Singles and Doubles to Lead UAlbany Tennis to 5-2 Win Over Manhattan

Albany, N.Y. – Aubrey Brooks recorded a 6-4, 6-1 win over Christina Ton, and teamed up with Susan Ma for a win at No. 1 doubles as the University at Albany Great Danes posted a 5-2 win over Manhattan College in non-conference tennis action on Saturday at the UAlbany Tennis Courts.

In doubles action, Ma and Brooks recorded UAlbany’s only win, defeating Hilary Valenzuela and Christina Puleo, 8-1. Manhattan earned the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. Lili Johnson and Brianna Turano defeated Laine Mackey and Melissa Coughlin, 8-3, at second doubles, while Ton and Stephanie Tsao recorded an 8-6 win over Sarah Iannone and Rachel Drake in the third position.

The Great Danes won five of six singles matches to seal the team victory. Mackey defeated Valenzuela, 6-4, 6-1 at No. 2 singles, while Iannone posted a 6-2, 6-5 win over Turano at No. 4 singles. Coughlin and Drake finished off the victories for UAlbany in the fifth and sixth positions, respectively. Coughlin won over Megan Maffei, 6-0, 6-1, while Drake defeated Kaitlynn Zaffuto, 6-5, 6-1. Manhattan’s lone singles win came at the top spot, as Johnson recorded a 6-1, 6-3 win over Ma.

UAlbany will return to action on April 19 at Hawaii.


1.  Lili Johnson (MC) def. Susan Ma (UA), 6-1, 6-3
2.  Laine Mackey (UA) def. Hilary Valenzuela (MC), 6-4, 6-1
3.  Aubrey Brooks (UA) def. Christina Ton (MC), 6-4,6-1
4.  Sarah Iannone (UA) def. Brianna Turano (MC), 6-2, 6-5
5.  Melissa Coughlin (UA) def. Megan Maffei (MC), 6-0, 6-1
6.  Rachel Drake (UA) def. Kaitlynn Zaffuto (MC), 6-5, 6-1

1.  Ma/Brooks (UA) def. Valenzuela/Puleo (MC), 8-1
2.  Johnson/Turano (MC) def. Mackey/Coughlin (UA), 8-3
3.  Ton/Tsao (MC) def. Iannone/Drake (UA), 8-6

Tough start to the Weekend for Saint Rose & Sage Tennis Teams


Melissa Leighton

ALBANY – The College of Saint Rose women’s tennis team dropped an indoor Northeast-10 Conference match to Adelphi at the University at Albany on Friday as the visiting Panthers did not drop a set throughout the evening.

Saint Rose was unable to tally a victory in the doubles portion of the match as senior Missy Leighton and junior Erin Reeg fell 8-0 to sophomore Maria Toft and senior Alda Ribiero. In the second and third doubles, sophomore Jennifer Crego and senior Kimberly Schacher lost to sophomores Samra Redzematovic and Michelle Gurda, while senior Valeria Bianchi and sophomore Stephanie Wilhelm were downed by junior Carolyn Smith and senior Megan Margino by identical 8-1 scores.

In singles action, the Golden Knights best chance to score a victory came in the second flight where Leighton fell to Ribiero 6-3, 6-0. Reeg also put up a strong fight for Saint Rose in the third pairing, before dropping a 6-1, 6-2 final to Smith.

Saint Rose wastes no time getting back out on the court as the Golden Knights will host NE-10 rival Southern New Hampshire on Saturday at the University at Albany Bubble at 10:00 am. Adelphi is also in action tomorrow. The Panthers will host league foe Saint Anselm at 2:30 pm on Long Island.

Adelphi 9, Saint Rose 0
04/01/11 at Albany, NY

Singles competition
1. Maria Toft (ADE) def. Jennifer Crego (STR) 6-1, 6-1
2. Alda Ribiero (ADE) def. Missy Leighton (STR) 6-3, 6-0
3. Carolyn Smith (ADE) def. Erin Reeg (STR) 6-1, 6-2
4. Gaby Adia (ADE) def. Kimberly Schacher (STR) 6-1, 6-0
5. Michelle Gurda (ADE) def. Stephanie Wilhelm (STR) 8-0
6. Jamie Sussman (ADE) def. Valeria Bianchi (STR) 8-1

Doubles competition
1. Maria Toft/Alda Ribiero (ADE) def. Missy Leighton/Erin Reeg (STR) 8-0
2. Samra Redzematovic/Michelle Gurda (ADE) def. Jennifer Crego/Kimberly Schacher (STR) 8-1
3. Carolyn Smith/Megan Margino (ADE) def. Valeria Bianchi/Stephanie Wilhelm (STR) 8-1

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Kimberly Schacher

ALBANY – The College of Saint Rose took on Southern New Hampshire in a Saturday morning Northeast-10 Conference match, falling 9-0 to the league-leading and 36th-ranked Penmen.

Saint Rose had its best opportunity to score a point in the second doubles match. Sophomore Jennifer Crego and senior Kimberly Schacher battled against sophomore Alena Mukdaprakorn and freshman Kirsten Jean, rallying in several games before dropping an 8-2 set.

The Golden Knights also got a solid effort in the sixth singles flight where senior Valeria Bianchi played freshman Katherine Wait to an 8-2 final.

Saint Rose wraps up its weekend with a match against conference foe Merrimack on Sunday. Prior to the contest, the Golden Knights will honor four seniors. The match is set for noon at Kelton Courts in Albany. The senior ceremonies will begin at approximately 11:30 am. Southern New Hampshire is also in action tomorrow. The Penmen travel to Bentley for an 11:00 am NE-10 match in Waltham, MA

So. New Hampshire 9, Saint Rose 0
04/02/11 at Albany, NY

Singles competition
1. Amber Chandronnait (SNH) def. Jennifer Crego (STR) 6-0, 6-0
2. Alena Mukdaprakorn (SNH) def. Missy Leighton (STR) 6-1, 6-0
3. Catalina Echeverry (SNH) def. Erin Reeg (STR) 6-0, 6-0
4. Samantha Jean (SNH) def. Kimberly Schacher (STR) 6-0, 6-1
5. Kirsten Jean (SNH) def. Stephanie Wilhelm (STR) 8-1
6. Katherine Wait (SNH) def. Valeria Bianchi (STR) 8-2

Doubles competition
1. Amber Chandronnait/Catalina Echeverry (SNH) def. Missy Leighton/Erin Reeg (STR) 8-0
2. Alena Mukdaprakorn/Kirsten Jean (SNH) def. Jennifer Crego/Kimberly Schacher (STR) 8-2
3. Samantha Jean/Kara Pease (SNH) def. Stephanie Wilhelm/Valeria Bianchi (STR) 8-1

Match Notes
So. New Hampshire 8-2/7-0 NE-10; National ranking #36
Saint Rose 5-5/5-5 NE-10

Gators fall to Blue Jays in match held at USTA Tennis Center

Flushing, NY—-The Sage Colleges dropped a 9-0 decision to the Fighting Blue Jays of NYU-Poly on Saturday afternoon in a match held at the USTA Tennis Center. NYU-Poly improves to 2-3 overall and 1-2 in the Skyline Conference, while the Gators drop to 0-5 overall and 0-4 in the conference.

The Gators return to action on Monday, April 4 at SUNY-Cobleskill for a 4 p.m. non-conference match with the Fighting Tigers.

The Sage Colleges vs Bard College                  April 2, 2011 at NYU-Poly (USTA Tennis Center)

NYU-Poly 9, The Sage Colleges 0

Singles competition

1. Yan Krasny (NYU-P) def. Mackenzie Riley (SAGEMEN) 6-2, 6-1

2. Kyle Garingalao (NYU-P) def. Josh Hewitt (SAGEMEN) 6-0, 6-0

3. Michael Sokolowsky (NYU-P) def. Kathryn Saulsbery (SAGEMEN) 6-1, 4-3, retired

4. Micahel Ye (NYU-P) def. Jaret Falkowitz (SAGEMEN) 6-0, 6-0

5. Aliaksandr Ryzhko (NYU-P) def. Chris Buskey (SAGEMEN) 6-0, 6-1

6. Kelvin Lin (NYU-P) def. Fabian Torres (SAGEMEN) 6-0,6-0


Doubles competition

1. Kyle Garingalao/ Michael Sokolowsky (NYU-P) def. Mackenzie Riley/Kathryn Saulsbery (SAGEMEN) 8-3

2. Yan Krasny/Aliaksandr Ryzhko (NYU-P) def. Josh Hewitt/Fabian Torres (SAGEMEN) 8-1

3. Vache Asalryan/Vincent Siu (NYU-P) def. Chris Buskey/Jaret Falkowitz (SAGEMEN) 8-2


Match Notes:  The Sage Colleges 0-5, 0-4 Skyline                 NYU-Poly 2-3, 1-2 Skyline

Capital Region Championships – Level 1 – Update

Results from the Capital Region Championships – Level 1 Junior Tournament. The tournament is being held over two weekends. After this weekend we continue on the weekend of April 8-10. The Boys 10’s, 12’s, 14’s and 16’s play this weekend, while the Girls events and the Boy’s 18’s play the second weekend. Today, Saturday, we crowned out first winner – Max Benson of Albany. Max won by defeating Anjor Tripathi of Piscataway, NY 6-1, 6-0.  Anjor had gotten to the finals by beating Connors O’Brien of Rensselaer by a score of 6-3, 6-2. The boys doubles were also crowned today. Anjor teamed with Ronan Jachuck of Slingerlands to win 4-2, 4-1. Doubles were played as best of three sets to 4 match instead of an eight game pro set to give the event more of a tennis feel.  In the Boys 16 Doubles final Artem Khrapco (Corning, NY) and Mwendwa Mbithi(Succasunna,NJ) defeated James Aronson and Thomas Glading of Waccabuc, NY 5-3, 4-0.  Thomas and James play together on the same high school team – John Jay High School – which is a perennial powerhouse.   ( The remaining matches will be played tomorrow with Boys 10 singles, Boys 14 singles and Boys 16 singles up for grabs. Boys 14 doubles  will also be decdied tomorrow. Watch for updates. For complete results – CLICK HERE

Skidmore Thoroughbreds – Skidmore returns home to beat #20 Rochester


Tory Engros

Albany, N.Y.– Tory Engros won a three-set match at number four singles to lead the 19th ranked Skidmore College women’s tennis team to a 5-4 win over #20 University of Rochester.

The Thoroughbreds improve to 8-2 with the narrow win. Rochester falls to 7-3.

Engros beat Jamie Bow, 5-7, 6-0, 6-2. Nataly Mendoza won at number three singles, 6-2, 6-0 and combined with Rachel Loeb for an 8-2 win at number one doubles.

Skidmore is at #29 Vassar on March 26.

1. Loeb / Mendoza defeated Tseng / Goodman 8-2
2. Engros / Bryan-Ajania lost to Bow / Weiner 9-7
3. Hirsch / Nolan defeated Zhao / Shreck 8-2

1. Loeb lost to Weiner 6-0, 6-4
2. Hirsch lost to Tseng 6-2, 6-3
3. Mendoza defeated Goodman 6-2, 6-0
4. Engros defeated Bow 5-7, 6-0, 6-2
5. Baird lost to Shreck 6-1, 7-6 (7-4)
6. Bryan-Ajania defeated Brower 6-1, 6-0

Pace Tennis Update

Hi, my name is Danielle Sidoti and I go to Pace University. I have played tennis in the Albany area since I was seven. Today my team played La Moyne. I won third singles 6-3, 6-0 against a very good player. I played very tough and I was happy I won. My team played great: #1 singles won, #1 doubles won, #3 singles won, #5 singles. Our two teams were tie 4-4 going into the last match. I thought to myself not again the same thing happen two weeks ago and we lost. This week the #6 singles won. My team won the match 5-4. We were all so happy and we beat a good college. I will write again soon.

Editor’s Note: We hope more local college tennis players will write posts about their college tennis experiences.

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