WOMEN'S TENNIS IMPROVES TO 5-1 WITH VICTORY OVER SIENA ON SATURDAY
SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The Bryant women's tennis team picked up right where they left off in the fall, earning its first win of the spring season against Siena, 6-1, Saturday afternoon in Ludlow, Mass.
The Bulldogs improve to 5-1, 1-0 Northeast Conference this season while the Saints suffer their first defeat of the year.
In singles action, the Saints as a team came out a bit sluggish in the opening sets, however came alive in the second sets to being many of the matchups down to the wire. At number one singles, sophomore Rosie Bird (Hamilton, New Zealand) defeated Brittany Flip, 6-1, 7-5, in her season debut, while her sister, senior Lucy Bird (Hamilton, New Zealand), topped Cassie Braz in straight-sets, 6-3, 6-1, at number five singles.
Junior Stephanie Smyers (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and opponent Maria Varano went to three sets, with Smyers taking the opening set easily, while Varano picked it up in the second, pushing the match to another set. The third set found both Varano and Smyers battling very long points turning the match into a battle of wills, before Smyers squeaked out a 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 win.
Sophomore Devlin-Ann Ammendola (Massapequa, N.Y.) topped Jessica Macaluso, 6-1, 7-5, coming back to win in the second set after being down, 4-1, with Jessica May Vickers (Montrose, Colo.) earning a win over Ericka Reagan, 6-1, 6-2.
Bryant dominated doubles action, with the duo of Rosie and Lucy Bird topping Varano/Singh, 8-4, Smyers and Marcela Brandao (Santo Andre, Brazil) defeating Macaluso/Braz, 8-2, and Irma Rodriguez Lockwood (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) and Ammendola besting Flip/Reagan, 8-1.
Bryant will have just a few days to enjoy the win before heading to the University of Connecticut on Wednesday.
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