SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Roger Williams and Gordon both held serve at home in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament Quarterfinals. Both teams earned 5-0 victories with the No. 3-seeded Hawks besting No. 6-seed Wentworth and the No. 4-seed Fighting Scots defeated No. 5-seed Western New England.
Both teams advance to the semifinal round where they will face the top two seeds in the field on Tuesday, Oct. 18. Gordon draws No. 1-seed Nichols, which went undefeated in conference play this year. That match is scheduled for 2 p.m. Roger Williams will travel to Endicott to take on the No. 2-seed and five-time defending CCC Champion Gulls at 1:30 p.m.
The semifinal winners earn a trip to the CCC Championship match which takes place on Saturday, Oct. 22 with the Conference's automatic qualifier into the NCAA Championship on the line.
#3 Roger Williams 5, #6 Wentworth 0
BRISTOL, R.I. - The Roger Williams University Women's Tennis team will move on to the Commonwealth Coast Conference Semifinals after taking down the No. 6 Wentworth Institute of Technology 5-0 Wednesday afternoon.
With the win, Roger Williams (11-3, 6-2 CCC), who entered the tournament as the No. 3 seed will advance to the CCC Semifinals next Tuesday at No. 2 Endicott. However, before that match, the Hawks will host Clark University Saturday in a tune-up match. Wentworth closes out the fall portion of their season at 4-10 (3-5 CCC).
The Hawks ended doubles with a 3-0 lead after sweeping all three flights. Julia Akerman (Greenwich, Conn.) and Kathryn Hughes (Westford, Mass.) posted an 8-1 win over Olivia DeLuca (Dracut, Mass.) and Emily Jodoin (Burrillville, R.I.) at No. 1. Gabrielle Riley (Barnstable, Mass.) and Ali Stankiewicz (Brunswick, Maine) would collect an 8-4 win against Caitlyn Briggs (Lee, Mass.) and Kelsey DeGouveia (New Bedford, Mass.) at No. 2. At No. 3, Caroline McCarthy (Carver, Mass.) and Jessica Magliato (New Rochelle, N.Y.) rolled off an 8-1 win against Ellen Butts (Brookfield, Mass.) and Veronica Monteiro (North Andover, Mass.).
At singles, Akerman was the first to bring the Hawks closer to the team victory, picking up a 6-0, 6-0 win against Jodoin at No. 3. Stankiewicz would clinch the match for RWU shortly thereafter, defeating Butts 6-0, 6-1.
Release courtesy of the Roger Williams Sports Information Deparment.
#4 Gordon 5, #5 Western New England 0
WENHAM, Mass. - For the fourth season in a row, Gordon Women's Tennis is headed to the Commonwealth Coast Conference semifinal round after handing visiting Western New England a 5-0 loss. Gordon swept the doubles competition thanks to a big tiebreak win at the second flight before ending the match with two singles victories right off the bat.
The Fighting Scots improve to 8-5 on the season, while the Golden Bears finish their fall season at an even 5-5. Gordon will head to Dudley, Mass. to take on top-seeded Nichols next Tuesday at 2 p.m. The Bison did not drop a CCC matchup this fall.
Abby Caron (Bedford, N.H.) and Gabby Brucker (Eleva, Wisc.) got the hosts off to a good start with an 8-0 triumph at third doubles. Gordon's first-team All-CCC duo of Abbie Denney (Peoria, Ariz.) and Justine Hanson (Meadow Vista, Calif.) also finished off a commanding win, besting Joeanna Glantz (Agawam, Mass.) and Christina D'Agostino (Bohemia, N.Y.) 8-2.
The second flight became a grind, but All-CCC third-teamers Kaelyn Hall (Sugar Land, Texas) and Maddie Berry (Paso Robles, Calif.) did just enough to squeak by 9-8 with a 7-5 score in the tiebreaker.
Berry picked up her second point of the afternoon with an almost perfect 6-1, 6-1 result at the fifth flight over Corey St. Louis (Groton, Conn.). Meanwhile, at the top spot, Denney edged out Lauren Sell (Milford, Conn.) in a first-set tiebreak before rolling in the second set 6-1.
All other singles matches went unfinished due to conference rules of playing to decision.
Release courtesy of the Gordon Sports Information Department.
(Matches hosted by the higher seed)
Quarterfinals – Wednesday, Oct. 12
Semifinals – Tuesday, Oct. 18
#4 Gordon at #1 Nichols, 2:00 p.m.
#3 Roger Williams at #2 Endicott, 1:30 p.m.
Finals – Saturday, Oct. 22
Semifinal winners at higher seed, TBA
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of ten full member and three associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference currently administers championships in 16 intercollegiate sports with that number set to increase next year with the addition of football.