SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – No. 3 seed Roger Williams and No. 5 seed Eastern Nazarene both won their Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Women's Tennis Tournament quarterfinal matches on Wednesday (Oct. 11) afternoon to advance to the CCC Semifinals on Oct. 17.
The Hawks took care of business at home pulling away with a 5-0 sweep of No. 6 seed Western New England. The Lions, which made their first CCC Tournament appearance since 2004, picked up a 5-2 road win over No. 4 seed Gordon.
The top two seeds in this year's tournament await Wednesday's quarterfinal winners. No. 1 seed Nichols hosts Eastern Nazarene at 2:30 p.m. and No. 2 seed Endicott hosts Roger Williams at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17.
The two semifinal winners will advance to compete in the CCC Women's Tennis Championship match on Saturday, Oct. 21. The winner of the title match will be named the 2017 CCC Women's Tennis Tournament Champion and earn the conference's automatic qualifier into the 2018 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championship.
#3 Roger Williams 5, #6 Western New England 0
BRISTOL, R.I.—The Roger Williams University Women's Tennis team swept Western New England University Wednesday afternoon 5-0 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference Quarterfinals.
The Hawks entered the postseason matchup ranked third in the CCC standings, while the Bears (4-7, 3-5 CCC) were the lower seed at six.
The Hawks built their lead in the doubles matches with a three-game sweep. Kathryn Hughes (Westford, Mass.) and Julia Akerman (Greenwich, Conn.) defeated Morgan Schrader (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) and Christina D'Agostino (Bohemia, N.Y.) 8-1. Gabrielle Riley (Barnstable, Mass.) and Heidi Martin's (Scituate, Mass.) teamwork aided them in their 8-2 win over Petra Martinelli (Vernon, Conn.) and Maylene LaPress (Bedford, N.H.). Ali Stankiewicz (Brunswick, Maine) and Allie Grinavic (North Attleboro, Mass.) took down Kim Phu (Wolfeboro, N.H.) and Rachel Bauer (Palmer, Mass.) by a score of 8-2.
Only needing two wins in the singles matchups to receive the team win, Hughes and Riley got the job done for the Hawks. Hughes swept LaPress 6-0, 6-0 and Riley downed Jessica Cote (Groton, Conn.) 6-2, 6-2.
With five straight wins, the games that were still in progress came to a stop. In three of those four games, the Hawks had won the first set. Stankiewicz took the first set against D'Agostino 6-0 and was tied 2-2 in the second set. Taryn Roche (Greenlawn, N.Y.) had won the opening set and was up 4-2 against Bauer. Grinivac defeated Martinelli 6-0 and was winning 4-2 in the second set. Akerman had dropped the first set to Schrader 3-6 but took the first game of the second set.
Courtesy of Brett Johnson, Roger Williams Athletic Communications Intern
#5 Eastern Nazarene 5, #4 Gordon 2
WENHAM, Mass. — No. 4 seed Gordon hosted No. 5 seed Eastern Nazarene in the quarterfinals of the Commonwealth Coast Conference Tournament and fell 5-2.
The Lions (10-4) won two of the three doubles matches against Fighting Scots (6-5). They then won three of the four singles matches to win the match and advance to the semifinals.
In doubles play, Adele Duval (Redding, Calif.)/Emily Ruttkowski (Castrop-Rauxel, Germany) defeated Kaelyn Hall (Sugarland, Texas)/Maddie Berry (Paso Robles, Calif.) 8-6 at the No. 1, Sharon Biondi (Barquisimeto, Venezuela)/Lindsey Steelman (Darlinton, Md.) 9-8 (7-4) defeated Justine Hanson (Meadow Vista, Calif.)/Gabrielle Brucker (Eleva, Wis.) at the No. 2, and Caitlin Kwok (Dana Point, Calif.)/Emily Ontiveros (Sylmar, Calif.) defeated Jordan Cressman (Bowmanstown, Pa.)/Veronica Jimenez (Lynn, Mass.) 8-0 at the No. 3.
In singles play, Ruttkowski defeated Katherine Jeffreys (Parkton, Md.) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) at the No. 2, Duval defeated Hall 6-3, 6-1 at the No. 3, Steelman defeated Berry 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 at the No. 4, and Brucker defeated Cressman 6-0, 6-2 at the No. 5.
Match recap courtesy of the Gordon Sports Information Department.
CCC WOMEN'S TENNIS TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
All matches hosted by higher seed
Quarterfinals – Wednesday, Oct. 11
Semifinals – Tuesday, Oct. 17
#5 Eastern Nazarene at #1 Nichols, 2:30 p.m.
#3 Roger Williams at #2 Endicott, 2 p.m.
Finals – Saturday, Oct. 21
Semifinal winners, 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 four 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 administers championships in 18 intercollegiate sports.