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2012 Mid September Local College Tennis Round up – Part 1


Sage College started the season strong with five straight wins before losing two matches – first to Bard, then to Plattsburgh State.  The season started off with a pair of 6-3 wins against Johnson State and Bay Path.  The first away match was an 8-1 win over Yeshiva at the Binghamton Racquet Club in Edgewater, NJ.  That match was also their league opener and so far their only league match.  Player highlights include #1 Kirsten Ackerman  (Guilderland) is 6-0 in singles and 5-2 in doubles so far this season.  Isabella Pericone of Burnt Hills is unbeaten at #3 singles with a perfect 7-0 record.  In doubles, she teamed with Mackenzie Riley – Albany High School – for a 5-2 record.  Pericone and Riley are the #1 doubles team.  Mackenzie also has a perfect 7-0 record at #2 singles.  The next home match for Sage Women is 1:00 on September 29th when they host Farmingdale at the Prospect Park tennis courts.

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RPI Mens tennis played the Flower City Tournament earlier this month.  We wrote about that tournament previously.    RPI plays Union College on Sunday at 1:00 pm at the Sharp Courts.  RPI Women have a 9-0 win over Hartwick and a 8-1 win over Plattsburgh.  Jessica Buckley  – Notre Dame of Utica –  teamed with Katrina Bohnhorst  for an 8-1 doubles win in the Hartwick match.  Emily Laurilliard played #4 singles against Hartwick and won 6-1, 6-0.  In doubles she teamed with Casey Olsen for an 8-2 win.  Against Plattsburgh they won 8-5 while Emily won her singles match 6-0, 6-0.

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On Monday, the Liberty League recognized six Skidmore College student-athletes for their performances during the past week.

Men’s tennis swept the weekly awards as Alec Hoblitzell earned Performer of the Week and Kit Green-Sanderson was named Rookie of the Week.  Hoblitzell won the B singles flight at the Middlebury Invitational, defeating Musyoka Mbithi of Trinity in the final 7-6(2), 6-2.  Green-Sanderson won the D singles flight and also reached the finals of the B doubles flight with teammate Nick Tong.  The Thoroughbreds return to action on Saturday at Trinity (CT)al.

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Middlebury, Vt. – The Skidmore College men’s tennis team opened its fall season with a strong showing at the Middlebury Invitational.

Sophomore Alec Hoblitzell and freshman Kit Green-Sanderson won their respective flights, while other Thoroughbreds put together strong performances in singles and doubles action.

Hoblitzell won the B singles flight, defeating Musyoka Mbithi of Trinity 7-6 (2), 6-2 in the finals.  He didn’t drop a set in the flight as he defeated Peter Yanofsky of Bates, Ford Traff of Trinity and Andrew Lutz of Tufts on his way to the victory.

Green-Sanderson won D singles flight, defeating Matthew Zuckerman of Brandeis, Dave Myers of Trinity and Christian Phelps of Vassar before earning a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Trinity’s Cam Smith in the final.

In the doubles B flight, Nick Tong and Green-Sanderson reached the final before falling to Henry Lee and Pierre Planche 8-4.

Kim Named Rookie of the Week in Men’s Tennis
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9/10/2012 3:04:00 PM
Liberty League Website / Get RPI Athletics Text Message UpdatesTROY, N.Y. – The Liberty League has announced its weekly award winners for the period ending September 9 and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) student-athlete Anthony Kim has been selected as the Men’s Tennis Rookie of the Week.

A native of San Diego, Calif., Kim saw his first collegiate action over the weekend and posted a 3-0 singles record and a 2-1 doubles mark in the season-opening Flower City Tournament in Rochester. He played third singles and second doubles in each match, helping RPI to a 2-1 record.

Kim opened with a 6-3, 6-3 singles win and an 8-6 doubles loss to St. Lawrence University before winning his last four matches, including a 6-2, 6-2 victory in singles and an 8-2 triumph in doubles against Nazareth College. He was also 2-0 against Ithaca College as the Engineers finished in fifth place as a team.

A graduate of Torrey Pines High School, Kim played singles and doubles for four years in high school. He captained the team as a senior when his doubles team finished fourth in the Palomar League. Individually, he was ranked in Southern California as a 16-year old and as an 18-year old.

A computer science major at Rensselaer, he was a National Honor Society inductee, selected to the Principal’s Honor Court, an AP Scholar with Merit and a Boy Scout of America Life Scout while in high school.

The Engineers are idle until September 23 when they host Union College at Sharp Courts beginning at 1pm.

WOMEN’S TENNIS WINS SPRING OPENER, 9-0


Engineers sweep Stockton to open spring trip in Hilton Head

 

HILTON HEAD, S.C. – The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) women’s tennis team kicked off its 2012 campaign in fine fashion on Monday, defeating Stockton College, 9-0 in the opener of its spring trip in Hilton Head, S.C.  The Engineers move to 4-1 overall, while the Ospreys slip to 6-6 on the season.

Leading the way for RPI was its doubles teams, which battled to three straight victories to set the pace. Rookies Casey Olsen (Glen Ridge, NJ/Glen Ridge) and Amanda Alexander (Houston, TX/The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts) combined at first doubles for an 8-1 victory.  Olsen was also victorious at first singles in straight sets (6-0, 6-0), while Alexander won in the fourth flight (6-3, 6-0).

Other multiple winners for the Engineers included junior captain Brianna Dickie (Acton, MA/Acton Regional) and freshman Katrina Bohnhorst (Hellertown, PA/Saucon Valley), who posted an 8-1 win at third doubles.  Dickie went on to win at the fifth flight in singles (6-1, 6-0), while Bohnhorst was victorious in the sixth flight (6-1, 6-0).

Sophomore Christina Ciamarra (Woodbury, MN/Newtown (CT)) rounded out the solid efforts for RPI as she combined with rookie Lexi Rindone (Prescott, AZ/Prescott) to win second doubles (8-2) and also picked up a win at second singles (6-2, 6-1).

Doubles:

1. Casey Olsen and Amanda Alexander (RPI) defeated Kay Bendijo and Laura Church: 8-1.

2. Christina Ciamarra and Lexi Rindone (RPI) defeated Brittany Hall and Sam Koropchak: 8-2.

3. Brianna Dickie and Katrina Bohnhorst (RPI) defeated Slone Portner and Jackie Britton: 8-1.

Singles:

1. Olsen (RPI) defeated Bendijo: 6-0, 6-0

2. Ciamarra (RPI) defeated Hall: 6-2, 6-1

3. Meghan Olson (RPI) defeated Koropchak: 6-3, 6-0

4. Alexander (RPI) defeated Church: 6-3, 6-0

5. Dickie (RPI) defeated Scout Baurer: 6-1, 6-0

6. Bohnhorst (RPI) defeated Britton: 6-1, 6-0

The Engineers are back on the court on Tuesday, playing Mississippi College at 12pm.  Stockton will face Westminster, also on Tuesday.

New York State D-III Women’s Championships


The Mendon Racquet Club hosted the New York State Division 3 NCAA Championships for Women.  Mendon is just outside of Rochester.  The event was held October 14-16.  Some local players participated and many local colleges participated.  Here are the results.

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We start with Singles – actually first singles.  In the first round Casey Olsen of RPI defeated Griffin Currie of Alfred 6-3, 6-3.  Melissa Hirsch of Skidmore got a bye and defeated Casey Kennedy of William Smith 7-5, 6-4 in the quarter finals.  Olsen lost in the quarter final round to Maitevera Antelo of RIT 6-3, 6-4.  Meanwhile, Hirsch won her semi final match.  She came back from losing the first set 6-0, to take the second set 6-3 against St. Lawrence’s Hillary Drewry.  Melissa squeezed out a 12-10 victory in the Match Tiebreaker.  RIT’s Antelo beat Hirsch in the finals 4-6, 6-2, 10-4.

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On to second singles where RPI’s Christina Ciamarra beat SUNY Brockport‘s Jen Lazarony 6-3, 6-4.  In the second round, Ciamarra lost to Skidmore’s Tori Engros by a 6-2, 6-2 margin.  Engros went on to beat Samantha Shapiro of Vassar 2-6, 6-2, 10-7 which brought her to the finals.  The finals ending in a 6-0, 6-0 thumping of Elkie Vandenbeemt of St. Lawrence

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On to third singles where former Ravena standout Christine Cary  – now of Nazareth College – lost to RPI’s Meghan Olsen in the first round by a score of 3-6, 6-2, 10-5.  Meghan lost her second round match to Hannah Van Demark of Vassar 6-0, 6-2.  Robyn Baird of Skidmore, who had a first round bye beat Ithaca’s Becky Guzzo 6-2, 6-4.  Next she beat Van Demark 7-6, 6-1.  In the finals, Baird lost to Olivia Arroyo of St. Lawrence when she had to retire down 4-1 in the first set.

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Amanda Alexander of RPI won her first round match, defeating Alfred’s Shannon Tovey 6-3, 6-1.  In the quarter finals, Skidmore’s Molly Nolan beat her 6-1, 6-3.  In the semi’s, Molly beat Casey Nicoletti of William Smith College by a score of 6-2, 6-2.  Molly lost the finals to Vassar’s Lindsay Kantor 6-2, 6-2

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Lexi Rindone of RPI took care of Katelyn Richenberg of Brockport in the first round of the #5 singles.  The score was 6-1, 6-1.  In the second round, Lexi beat NYU‘s Alexandra Ziarko 6-3, 6-4 and Skidmore’s Alex Smith had no trouble with Sania Zaki of St. John Fisher.  The score of that match was 6-0, 6-0.  In the semi finals, Rindone lost to Anisha Kurien of Vassar 6-0, 6-1, while Smith scored a 6-0, 6-0 win over Haley Wolf of William Smith.  Smith beat Kurien in the finals 6-4, 3-6, 10-4

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The sixth singles crown was won by Skidmore’s Zoe Valella.  She won 6-1, 6-0 over Megan Moore of NYU in the finals; 6-1, 6-1 over Kate O’Connor of William Smith in the semi finals; and 6-2, 6-2 over Kelsey Harness of Ithaca College in the quarter finals.  Zoe had a first round bye.  RPI’s Brianna Dickie took out St. John Fisher’s Kim Phimsipasom 6-1, 6-3 in the first round but lost in the second round to Magan Moore (NYU) by a score of 6-4, 6-0.

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On to the doubles.  Casey Olsen and Meghan Olson of RPI lost to Becky Guzzo and Allison Young of Ithaca College 8-3 in the opening round.  Tory Engros and Molly Nolan of Skidmore had a first round bye.  Engros and Nolan beat Allison Tepas and Alex Vizgaitis of Nazareth 8-2 in the quarter finals.  They lost to Hillary Drewry and Elkie Vanbenbeemt of St. Lawrence in the semi finals 8-2.

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Second Doubles started out well for RPI’s Christina Ciamarra and Lexi Rindone.  They won their first round match with Melissa Boyer and Shannon Tovey of Alfred 8-0.  Christine Cary and Cara Yinger of Nazareth were also first round winners.  They won 8-2 over Jordan Brungard and Katie Pasier of crosstown rival St. John Fisher.  Lindsay Kantor and Hannah Van Demark of Vassar took out Ciamarra and Rindone in the quarter finals (8-2) while Robyn Baird and Alex Smith of Skidmore took out Cary and Yinger (8-3).  Baird and Smith went on to beat Shannon Murphy and Anna Young of St. Lawrence (8-5) and Kantor / Van Demark 8-2 to take the Second Doubles Flight.

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Third doubles saw Jessica Buckley playing for RPI with Brianna Dickie.  Jessica played her high school tennis at Notre Dame of Utica where her mom – Patti Buckley is the Girls Tennis Coach.  Jessica and Brianna beat Jennifer Crane and Krista Pagan of Nazareth 8-2 in the first round.  In the quarter finals they beat Olivia Arroyo and Hannah Langsdale of St. Lawrence 9-7 while Skidmore’s Melissa Hirsch and Yumi Karlshoej beat William Smith’s Katie Drinkwater and Kathleen Kennedy 8-2.  In the semi finals, Hirsch and Karlshoej beat Megan Moore and Ramya Pokala of NYU 8-2.  Buckley and Dickie lost to Melanie Horn and Anisha Kurien of Vassar.  Hirsch and Karlshoej won the finals against Horn and Kurien 8-6

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RPI Update


Jon Clair Added to Men’s Tennis Staff

TROY, N.Y. – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) director of athletics Jim Knowlton has announced the hiring of Jon Clair an assistant coach for the Engineers men’s tennis team. A former student-athlete at the University of Mary Washington, he will aide second-year head coach Jon Satkowski.

A native of Slingerlands, N.Y., Clair spent the last two years as a tennis professional at nearby Tri-City Fitness and Tennis. During his tenure, he has helped plan lessons and run clinics for both adults and junior players.

As a player, Clair was a four-time All-Conference First Team selection for the Eagles, ranking as high as 15th-regionally during his senior season with victories against four nationally-ranked players. Other highlights of his career included a singles semi-final appearance at the 2005 ITA Regional Tournament.

When he graduated, Clair ranked second in program history in single season singles victories and third in all-time career singles wins.

Additionally, he was a key member of a squad which qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament each of his four years, including Final Eight appearances in 2003, 2004 & 2005. The team also won four straight Capital Athletic Conference Championships and was ranked 13th or better nationally throughout his career.

Clair graduated from the University of Mary Washington in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies.

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Men’s Tennis Tops Springfield, 8-1

Patrick Russo

TROY, N.Y. – Freshman Brandon Mazzara won at second singles and paired up with sophomore Jarrett Regier for a first doubles victories to lead the Rensselaer men’s tennis team to an, 8-1, victory over Springfield College in its home opener at Sharp Courts. With the win, the Engineers improve to 3-1 on the season, while the Pride drop to 0-2.

Mazzara (Orange, CA/Villa Park) captured his fourth second singles victories in as many matches as Rensselaer won all six individual match-ups with the Pride. Regier (East Amherst, NY/Clarence) also so his personal success continue, taking first flight singles (6-1, 6-1) over Springfield’s Ben Burnap (Westerly, RI/Westerly).

The Engineers are back in action next Saturday and Sunday, when they take part in the MSMC Flighted Tournament in Newburgh, N.Y. Play kicks off Saturday at 9am and continues through the weekend.

Below are the results by flight:

Doubles
1. Regier/Mazzara (RPI) def Ben Burnap/Doug NIckerson (SPR): 8-1
2. Zack O’Leary/Kyle Mesereau (SPR) def. Kyle Borton/James Kim (RPI): 8-6
3. Pat Russo/Will Dickie (RPI) def. Zack Goldstein/Sean Seifert (SPR): 8-1

Singles
1. Regier (RPI) def. Burnap (SPR): 6-1, 6-1
2. Mazzara (RPI) def. Mesereau (SPR): 3-6, 6-3, (6)
3. Dickie (RPI) def. O’Leary (SPR): 6-4, 6-2
4. Andre Vorbrodt (RPI) def Doug Nickerson (SPR) 2-6, 6-0, 6-2
5. Kenny Weiand (RPI) def. Goldstein (SPR): 6-2, 6-3
6. Borton (RPI) def. Seifert (SPR): 6-3, 6-3

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Women’s Tennis Rolls Past Plattsburgh State

in Season Opener

Brianna Dickie

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) women’s tennis team opened its 2011-12 season in fine fashion on Sunday, defeating SUNY Plattsburgh, 8-1 at Memorial Hall Tennis Courts.  The Engineers, who swept all three doubles and won five of six singles, is 1-0, while the Cardinals drop to 3-4 overall.

RPI was powered by the clean sweep at doubles as all three teams had solid victories.  Leading the way was the first flight team of senior Zosia Casterline (Farmington, MI/Farmington) and rookie Casey Olsen (Glen Ridge, NJ/Glen Ridge), who pulled off an 8-5 win.  Olsen also went on to win at third flight singles by a 6-2, 6-3 margin.

Doubles:
1. Casterline/Olsen (RPI) def. Rachel Hodnett/Caitlin Belladone (PSU), 8-5
2. Lexi Rindone/Christina Ciamarra (RPI) def. Samantha Engebrecht/Jessica Paquette (PSU), 8-2
3. Brianna Dickie/Amanda Alexander (RPI) def. Amy Rich/Sam Fasciano (PSU), 8-1
Singles:

1. Rachel Hodnett (PSU) def. Casterline (RPI), 4-6, 6-0 (10-3)
2. Christina Ciamarra (RPI) def. Samantha Engebrecht (PSU), 6-3, 5-7 (10-6)
3. Olsen (RPI) def. Jessica Paquette (PSU), 6-2, 6-3
4. Meghan Olson (RPI) def. Stephanie Omlin (PSU), 6-0, 6-0
5. Lexi Rindone (RPI) def. Kristen Casse (PSU), 6-1, 6-2
6. Katrina Bohnhorst (RPI) def. Caitlin Belladone (PSU), 6-0, 6-1

The Engineers return to the courts next weekend as they compete at the ITA Northeast Regional Tournament, hosted by William Smith, on Saturday and Sunday.

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Liberty League Tabs Three from Tennis

Brandon Mazzara

TROY, N.Y. – The Liberty League has announced its weekly award winners in men’s and women’s tennis and three Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) student-athletes have been recognized. Jarrett Regier and Brandon Mazzara were named Performer and Rookie of the Week, respectively, in men’s tennis, while Casey Olsen earned Rookie of the Week from the women’s team.

A sophomore from East Amherst, N.Y., Regier improved to 3-0 and 4-0 in singles and doubles, respectively this season as RPI defeated Springfield, 8-1 last week. He won 6-1, 6-1 at first singles and paired with Mazzara for an easy 8-1 win at first doubles.

Regier, who was a five-time Liberty League Rookie of the Week last season, posted a 13-1 overall record at first flight singles. Pairing with current captain Patrick Russo, he went 10-4 at first doubles in 2010-11, earning All-Liberty League Singles honors. A former standout at Clarence High School, he was also named Liberty League Rookie of the Year.

A freshman out of Orange, Calif., Mazzara continued to dominate last week, capturing a pair of wins in RPI’s 8-1 win over the Pride. He won a hard-fought 3-6, 6-3 (6) match at second singles to improve to 4-0 and paired with Regier for a 8-1 win at first doubles to move to 4-0 on the year.

Mazzara helped Villa Park High School to four straight Century League Championship titles, while being named his named his team’s Rookie of the Year. In his senior season, he competed at first singles, garnering team Most Valuable Player honors.

Olsen, a freshman from Glen Ridge, N.J., had a solid start to her collegiate career, posting a pair of victories in RPI’s season-opening 8-1 win at Plattsburgh. She came away with an 8-5 win at first doubles and then won 6-2, 6-3 at third singles.

A three-year member of the Glen Ridge High School tennis team, Olsen was an All-Group Second selection at first singles, while being named to the All-Essex County Second Team. As a junior, the squad took home the 2009 Group 1 State Championship.

The men’s tennis team is back on the courts this weekend as it participates in the Mount Saint Mary College Tournament on Saturday and Sunday. Action begins at 9am on both days. The women’s squad is also in action this weekend at the ITA Northeast Regionals, hosted by William Smith. The tournament begins on Saturday and runs through Sunday.

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