Stonehill Competes at USTA/ITA East Regional

Senior co-captain Meryl Lawrence reached the quarterfinal round of the B-singles draw at the ITA East Region this weekend.

Lawrence reaches B-Singles Draw quarterfinals to lead Skyhawks contingent 

FLUSHING, N.Y. (September 29, 2014) – The Stonehill College women's tennis team competed at the United States Tennis Association (USTA)/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division II East Regional Championships, hosted by Queens (N.Y.) College and Daemen College, at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center this weekend.

Senior co-captain Meryl Lawrence (North Scituate, Rhode Island/Mount Saint Charles Academy) had the most success for Stonehill over the three day event by reaching the quarterfinal round of the B-singles bracket. She breezed to three straight 6-0 victories in the first, second and third rounds before being defeated by Tatiana Rajaona from Molloy College 6-0 in the quarters. Lawrence posted victories over Molly Fanelli from Queens in the first round, Christie Catterson from Molloy, who had received a first round bye, in the second and Emily Linhart of Roberts Wesleyan in the third.

Junior Analise Kump (Falmouth, Maine/Falmouth) and freshman Emma Prinos (Foxboro, Massachusetts/Foxboro) also advanced to the quarterfinals in the B-Doubles draw. They opened with back to back wins over fellow Northeast-10 Conference members from Merrimack College (7-5) and Southern New Hampshire University (6-2) before being edged by Nyenyeri Kanefu and Bianca Signore from St. Thomas Aquinas College, 6-4 in the quarters.

Kump and junior Bailey Paradiso (Birmingham, Michigan/Marian) both competed in the A-Singles Championship bracket. Kump fell in the first round, while Paradiso picked up a 6-1, 6-2 first round win against Natalia Cardona from Roberts Wesleyan in the first round before being edged by Maria Victoria from Goldey-Beacom College 6-4, 7-6 in the second.

Paradiso and freshman Victoria Barbetta (Wesley Chapel, Florida/Saddlebrook Prep) represented Stonehill in the A-Doubles Championship draw. The duo claimed a 9-7 first round decision over Fatima Outtara and Klara Lang from Roberts Wesleyan in the first round before being topped by No. 4-seeded Alexandra Borgenoff and Justyna Krul from New York Institute of Technology 8-3 in the second. 

Stonehill Results:

A-Singles Bracket:

Analise Kump

            Def. by Chealsey Giatrelis (Merrimack) 6-2, 7-6 – First Round

Bailey Paradiso

            Def. Natalia Cardona (Roberts Wesleyan) 6-1, 6-2 – First Round

            Def. by Maria Victoria (Goldey-Beacom) 6-4, 7-6 – Second Round 

A-Doubles Bracket:


            Def. Fatima Outtara/Klara Lang (Roberts Wesleyan) 9-7 – First Round

            Def. by #4 Alexandra Borgenoff/Justyna Krul (NYIT) 8-3 – Second Round 

B-Singles Bracket:

Meryl Lawrence

            Def. Molly Fanelli (Queens) 6-0 – First Round

            Def. Christie Catterson (Molloy) 6-0 – Second Round

            Def. Emily Linhart (Roberts Wesleyan) 6-0 – Third Round

            Def. by Tatiana Rajaona (Molloy) 6-0 - Quarterfinals 

Victoria Barbetta

            Def. Carolyn Kopf (St. Thomas Aquinas) 6-0 – First Round

            Def. by Morgan Orschle (Chestnut Hill) 6-3 – Second Round 

Emma Prinos

            Def. Laura Rojas (District of Columbia) 6-2 – First Round

            Def. Emily Rosen (Molloy) 6-0 – Second Round

            Def. by Liza Dubrovskaya (Post) 6-3 – Third Round 

B-Doubles Bracket:


            Def. Mackenzie Blair/Rachel Muller (Merrimack) 7-5 – First Round

            Def. Yolanda Green/Allison Valentine (Southern N.H.) 6-2 – Second Round

            Def. by Nyenyeri Kanefu/Bianca Signore (St. Thomas Aquinas) 6-4 - Quarterfinals

Stonehill (5-0, 5-0 NE-10), ranked ninth in the ITA Division II East Regional rankings, is right back in action tomorrow when it hosts Franklin Pierce University for a Northeast-10 Conference match at Charles Watt Tennis Courts at 3 p.m.

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