Bryant tops Hofstra, 5-2, Saturday

Bryant tops Hofstra, 5-2, Saturday


SMITHFIELD, R.I. – After a nearly a two week break, the Bryant University women's tennis team returned to action over the weekend topping Hofstra, 5-2, Saturday afternoon at the East Hartford Tennis Club.

In doubles play the duo of Devlin-Ann Ammendola (Massapequa, N.Y.) and Irma Rodriguez Lockwood (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) topped Bianca Devrick/Paige Polizois, winning four-straight sets en route to an 8-5 victory. The combination of Rosie Bird (Hamilton, New Zealand) and Lucy Bird (Hamilton, New Zealand) continued their strong play defeating Louise Lopez/Sonia Tsay, 8-4, to pick up the ever-important doubles point for Bryant.

In singles action, junior Stephanie Smyers (Pittsburg, Pa.) was the first to claim a singles point, beating Mallissa Gilanchi, 6-1, 6-1, to push the Bryant advantage to 2-0. Ammendola and senior Marcela Brandao (Santo Andre, Brazil) both dropped their singles matches to bring the score to an even 2-2 tie.

The Bulldogs would go on to win the final three matches led by Rosie Bird who picked up a huge 6-2, 6-3 victory over Tsay at number one singles. Junior Jessica May Vickers (Montrose, Colo.) earned a victory over Polizois, 6-4, 6-1, and Lucy Bird topped Devrick, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, in the fifth singles spot.

With the victory the Bulldogs improve to 6-2 overall. Bryant currently sits at 1-0 in Northeast Conference play with a trio of NEC matchups later this month. The Black and Gold will return to action on Saturday (6:30 p.m.) when they host Stony Brook at Rally Point as part of a Bryant tennis doubleheader.

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Singles competition
1. Rosie Bird (BRYW) def. Sonia Tsay (HOF) 6-2, 6-3
2. Sarah Bowen (HOF) def. Marcela Brandao (BRYW) 6-1, 6-3
3. Stephanie Smyers (BRYW) def. Mallissa Gilanchi (HOF) 6-1, 6-1
4. Louise Lopez (HOF) def. D. Ammendola (BRYW) 6-1, 6-0
5. Lucy Bird (BRYW) def. Bianca Devrick (HOF) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
6. May Vickers (BRYW) def. Paige Polizois (HOF) 6-4, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Mallissa Gilanchi/Sarah Bowen (HOF) def. Stephanie Smyers/Marcela Brandao (BRYW) 8-7, 7-5
2. Rosie Bird/Lucy Bird (BRYW) def. Louise Lopez/Sonia Tsay (HOF) 8-4
3. D. Ammendola/I. Rodriguez-Lockw (BRYW) def. Bianca Devrick/Paige Polizois (HOF) 8-5