WOMEN'S TENNIS COMPETED IN NEW ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS OVER THE WEEKEND
SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The Bryant University women's tennis team competed in the New England Championships in Providence, R.I., over the weekend.
The Bulldogs competed on Saturday and Sunday, dealing with cold, windy conditions and long, grueling days of competition.
In singles action, Junior Marcela Brandao (Santo Andre, Brazil) finished in third place overall in her individual flight defeating Hartford's Katina Zampas, 6-0, 6-1, before falling to PC's Maria Bernardez, 6-3, 6-4, in a very competitive semifinal match. Brandao went on to defeat Nicole Rydzewski, 6-3, 6-1, in the consolation bracket to finish third in the flight.
Sophomore Devlin-Ann Ammendola (Massapequa, N.Y.) had a strong showing Saturday, falling just points short of a spot in a semifinal match. Ammendola defeated Emma Samson of Fairfield, 6-2, 6-2, in the opening round of her flight before falling to Providence's Taylor Corder, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 10-7, in the quarterfinals. In the match, Ammendola pulled out an amazingly tight first set, 8-6, in the tie breaker, dropping the second set, 6-3. In the final set, the sophomore dug herself out of a 7-2 hole, bringing it all the way back to 9-7, before dropping the final two points.
Senior Lucy Bird (Hamilton, New Zealand) finished her individual flight in fourth place defeating Kristi Toegemann of Stonehill, 6-1, 5-7, 11-9, before falling to PC's Karen Ramirez, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4.
In doubles actions, Brandao and Ammendola defeated Meryle Lawrence and Analise Kump of Stonehill, 8-2, in the opening round of their flight before falling to Alana Prinos and Taylor Corder, 8-1.
Irma Rodriguez Lockwood (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) and Jessica May Vickers (Montrose, Colo.) finished their doubles flight in third place defeating the duo of Margaret McLaughlin and Holly Ream from Fairfield, 8-4, before falling to UConn's Marie Gargiulo/Emilie Burgess, 8-4. The Bulldog duo went on to defeat Elizaveta Sadovnikov and Kristin Bertsch of URI, 8-1, in the consolation round to finish in third place.
As a team, Bryant finished in fifth place overall out of eight schools, just behind Rhode Island.
The Bulldogs will compete in their final competition, the ITA Regional Championships, beginning Friday, Oct. 19. The event will be held in West Point, N.Y.
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