Downey Wins B-Singles Draw to Lead Stonehill at USTA/ITA Division II East Regional

Freshman Nicole Downey became the third Stonehill women's player to win the B-Singles final at the ITA East Regional.

Groveland, Massachusetts, freshman is third Skyhawk to win B-Singles 

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (September 22, 2015) – Stonehill College freshman Nicole Downey (Groveland, Massachusetts/Pentucket Regional) won the B-singles bracket to lead Stonehill College at the United State Tennis Association (USTA)/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division II East Regional, hosted by University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, at Legacy Tennis Center this weekend.

Downey is the third Stonehill women's tennis player to win the B-draw at the ITA East Regional and the first since Paige Frost '13 won the bracket as a sophomore in 2010. Downey capped the weekend with a dominant 8-1 victory over Merel Ann van Zanten from Goldey-Beacom College in the final. Downey reached the final with a 6-4 victory against University of Sciences' Abbygail Gamarnik in the semifinals after posting a 6-2 decision over Merrimack College's Lauren Persson in the quarterfinals. Downey opened the weekend with an 8-4 first round win over Post University's Jessica Bergen, followed by a 6-3 win against Southern New Hampshire University's Lindsay Baum in the second round. She defeated sophomore teammate Janet Haas (Northbridge, Massachusetts/Northbridge) 6-2 in the third round.

Haas' third round defeat to Downey marked a strong performance for her as she claimed a first round win against Jacqueline Clyne from Holy Family University in the first round of the B-singles draw. She followed that up with a 6-2 win against Delaney Fragale from Daemen College in the second round.

Sophomore Victoria Barbetta made deep runs in the A-Championship for both singles and doubles this weekend.

Haas and freshman Courtenay Cavett (Plano, Texas/Ursuline Academy of Dallas) advanced to the second round of the B-Doubles bracket. They opened with an 8-0 shutout of USciences' Sara Skoritowski and Alexus Rivan before being edged by Mackenzie Blair and Danielle Dunn from Merrimack, 8-4.

Stonehill's doubles pairing of senior co-captain Analise Kump (Falmouth, Maine/Falmouth) and sophomore Victoria Barbetta (Wesley Chapel, Florida/Saddlebrook Prep) made a deep run in the A-Doubles Championship. They fell in the quarterfinal round with an 8-2 decision to Alessia Rossetti and Justyna Krol from New York Tech. The Skyhawks duo opened with an 8-2 win over Madison Young and Brianna Miah from Post in the first round and then rolled to an 8-1 victory against USciences' Gamarnik and Victoria Quang.

Barbetta also reached the A-Singles Championship third round before falling to Alessia Rossetti, the 28th-ranked singles player nationally in Division II by the ITA, from New York Tech, 6-1, 6-3. Barbetta opened the tournament with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Queens College's Line Sorsdahl Aasen, before defeating Merrimack's Chealsey Giatrelis 0-6, 6-4, 16-14 in an outstanding second round match.

Senior co-captain Bailey Paradiso (Birmingham, Michigan/Marian) received a first round bye in the A-Singles Championship, but was edged by Concordia (N.Y.) College's Stefanie Canals-Blake in the second round. 

Stonehill Results: 

A-Singles Bracket:

Bailey Paradiso

            Def. by Stefanie Canals-Bake (Concordia (N.Y.)) 6-4, 6-3 – Second Round

Victoria Barbetta

            Def. Line Sorsdahl Aasen (Queens) 6-2, 6-0 – First Round

            Def. Chealsey Giatrelis (Merrimack) 0-6, 6-4, 16-14 – Second Round

            Def. by #28 Alessia Rossetti (NYIT) 6-1, 6-3 – Third Round 

A-Doubles Bracket:

Kirsti Toegemann/Nicole Downey

            Def. by Ashley Loft/Nour Kaddour (Southern N.H.) 9-7 – First Round 

Bailey Paradiso/Emma Prinos

            Def. by Grace Messina/Chealsey Giatrelis (Merrimack) 8-1 – First Round 

Analise Kump/Victoria Barbetta

            Def. Madison Young/Brianna Miah (Post) 8-2 – First Round

            Def. Abbygail Gamarnik/Victoria Quang (USciences) 8-1 – Second Round

            Def. by Alessa Rossetti/Justyna Krol (NYIT) 8-2 – Third Round

B-Singles Bracket:

Nicole Downey

            Def. Jessica Bergen (Post) 8-4 – First Round

            Def. Lindsay Baum (Southern N.H.) 6-3 – Second Round

            Def. Janet Haas (Stonehill) 6-2 – Third Round

            Def. Lauren Persson (Merrimack) 6-2 - Quarterfinal

            Def. Abbygail Gamarnik (USciences) 6-4 - Semifinal

            Def. Merel Ann van Zanten (Goldey-Beacom) - Final 

Janet Haas

            Def. Jacqueline Clyne (Holy Family) 8-1 – First Round

            Def. Delaney Fragale (Daemen) 6-2 – Second Round

            Def. by Nicole Downey (Stonehill) 6-2 – Third Round 

Emma Prinos

            Def. by Nakia Miller (Queens) 8-6 – First Round

            Def. by Elkanah Linder (USciences) 8-6 – First Round

B-Doubles Bracket:

Janet Haas/Courtenay Cavett

            Def. Sara Skoritowski/Alexus Rivas (USciences) 8-0 – First Round

            Def. by Mackenzie Blair/Danielle Dunn (Merrimack) 8-4 – Second Round 

Stonehill (3-2, 2-1 NE-10), ranked sixth in the ITA Division II East Regional rankings, is back in action on Wednesday, when it visits Franklin Pierce University for a Northeast-10 match at 2 p.m. The Skyhawks host eighth-ranked Adelphi University for their Purple & White match on Friday at Charles Watt Tennis Courts at 3 p.m.

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