#3 Bulldogs blank #6 RMU Thursday, advance to NEC Semifinals

Photo by Tom O'Brien

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Earning its first Division I postseason victory in program history, the #3 Bryant University women's tennis team defeated #6 Robert Morris, 4-0, in the quarterfinals of the Northeast Conference Championships Thursday evening in West Windsor, N.J.

Following in the footsteps of the men's team earlier in the day, the Bryant women put together an equally dominating performance to pick up its first DI postseason win, earning the right to play #2 LIU Brooklyn Friday afternoon in the semifinals.

The Bulldogs got off to a strong start in doubles play and never looked back, clinching the first four matches to earn the match victory.

In doubles competition, freshmen tandem Marion Bouillin (San Diego, Calif.) and Briana Leonard (Westford, Mass.) nearly blanked Diana Mirceta and Alina Schibol, 8-1, in the no. 2 spot to get the ball rolling, while partners Rosie Bird (Hamilton, New Zealand) and Ryan Brown (Austin, Texas), and Stephanie Smyers (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Devlin-Ann Ammendola (Massapequa, N.Y.) both clinched wins at no. 1 and no. 3 doubles, respectively.

Heading into singles play with a 1-0 advantage, Bird rode the momentum of her huge doubles win into a perfect showing at no. 3 singles, taking care of Larissa Kiyoku, 6-0, 6-0. Bouillin and Brown were not far behind as the freshmen sensations each picked up victories at no. 1 and no. 2 singles, respectively, to clinch the win for the Black and Gold. Bouillin topped Crolina Teixeira, 6-2, 6-2, while Brown picked up match point with her 6-4, 6-3 win over Marie-Sophie Heine.

With the win, Bryant earns the right to play #2 LIU Brooklyn, who defeated Mount St. Mary's in the quarterfinals (4-0), in the semifinal round of the NEC Championships on Friday. Earlier this season, the Bulldogs fell to the Blackbirds, 4-3, during their Spring Break trip in Puerto Rico.

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