SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Despite an impressive showing from freshman Ryan Brown (Austin, Texas), the Bryant University women's tennis team fell to Fairleigh Dickinson, 6-1, Saturday at the Bryant Tennis Courts.
At no. 2 singles, Brown battled Shreya Pasricha in a three-set, epic match to win earn her fourth-straight singles win and clinch the lone point for the Bulldogs. The reigning Northeast Conference Player and Rookie of the week took the first set, 7-5, before Pasricha battled back to even the score with a 6-4 win in the second. Brown, however, wasn't rattled and continued to mix up the tempo, not allowing Pasricha to play at her upbeat pace. The two continued to battle into the third set where Brown eventually took the game and the point, 6-4.
Junior Rosie Bird (Hamilton, New Zealand) also put up a strong fight at no. 3 singles, taking Nicole Chis to three sets. However, despite a dominant 6-1 first set win for Bird, Chis responded with 7-5 and 6-3 victories in the final two sets to earn the point for the Knights.
"FDU played aggressive right out of the gate and came to the net early forcing us to find other ways to win points," said Bryant head coach Barbara Cilli. "In singles, they had a lot of depth, playing strong tennis from the first spot on down to the sixth."
The Black and Gold will look to quickly regroup as they look forward to wrapping up their regular season at URI on Thursday before making the final adjustments heading into the NEC Championships on April 17.
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