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Women’s Tennis Ousted in First Round of Atlantic 10 Tournament


Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 02:04

Photo by Michael Rezin

The women’s tennis team finished the season with a 17-6 record, including four wins in the conference and a perfect 6-0 record at home.

It was a great season overall for the Fordham Rams, but they were not able to finish out the season with an Atlantic 10 Championship.

The team closed out its 2011-2012 season with a 4-2 loss against the Saint Louis Billikens in the first round of the tournament at the Boar’s Head Sports Club in Virginia on Thursday, April 19.

Sophomore Hanna Fritzinger and freshman Julie Leong were unsuccessful in third doubles, dropping the match by a score of 8-1, while junior Amy Simidian and sophomore Angelika Dabu fell victim to the same fate. The score of their first doubles match was 8-5.

The match began with the Rams dropping two of the three doubles matches. Freshmen Bella Genkina and Sarah Ali defeated their opponents in second doubles, 8-2, but that was the only doubles match the Rams could muster against the tough Saint Louis team.

In singles play, Simidian, the team’s best performer, earned a point for the Rams (their first of the match) at first singles. She dropped the first set, 6-1, to her opponent, but came back to win the second, 6-3 and the third, 6-4. Dabu also picked up a singles point for the Rams at third singles, winning her match in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2.

Those were the only points the Rams scored, however.

Ali came within a set of securing another point for the Rams, as she lost the first set, 6-3, before winning the second by the same score.

In the tie-breaking third set, she was unable to keep the momentum going. She eventually lost the set by a score of 6-2.

With the loss, the Rams finished the season at 17-6.

The team went 4-3 in conference play, 6-0 at home, 5-2 in away matches and 6-4 at neutral sites.

It was a very successful season for Head Coach Bette-Ann Liguori and her team, posting emphatic victories against Manhattan College, Vassar College, St. Peter’s College, Quinnipiac and Marist College. All of those key wins came in the form of shutouts, as the Rams put on some dominant performacnes.

Of the team’s 17 wins, three stick out. The Rams were able to defeat powerhouse schools  UMass-Amherst, Villanova and St. John’s en route to their best record in recent memory.

Next season, the team will look to avenge its six losses against Richmond, Army, George Washington, Fairleigh Dickinson, Temple and Saint Louis; move up the ranks of the Atlantic 10 Conference and hope to advance past the first round of the tournament. 

The future seems bright for Fordham’s women’s tennis team, and a year of new recruits and new opponents could prove to be just what it needs to work its way to the top of the conference.

The team will need to replace seniors Bethany Boyle and Sarah Tremaine, who will be graduating this May.  

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