SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Coming off another strong regular season, the #3 Bryant University women's tennis team will face off with #6 Robert Morris in the opening round of the Northeast Conference Championships, Thursday afternoon in West Windsor, N.J.
The Bulldogs, who finished the regular season 7-9 (1-2 in the NEC), earn their highest-ever seed for the NEC Championships, picking up the third overall seed and the right to faceoff with Robert Morris in the quarterfinals. Last year, the Black and Gold earned the fourth overall seed but were sent home early in a first-round upset by #5 Sacred Heart. This season, the Bulldogs are primed to make a title push in just their second year of Division I postseason eligibility.
As mainstays atop the Bryant lineup, freshmen Marion Bouillin (San Diego, Calif.) and Ryan Brown (Austin, Texas) have emerged as two of top rookies in the conference. Bouillin, who has played all but one of Bryant's 16 dual matches at no. 1 singles posted a 6-9 mark against some of the toughest competition Bryant has faced in its six years of Division I play, while Brown has compiled a team-high 12 single's wins and a pair of NEC weekly honors.
Junior Rosie Bird (Hamilton, New Zealand), senior Stephanie Smyers (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and freshman Briana Leonard (Westford, Mass.) will also look to continue their solid seasons when they face off with the Colonials Thursday afternoon at Mercer County Park.
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