Nichols Knocks Off Wilkes in NCAA Women’s Tennis First Round

Nichols Knocks Off Wilkes in NCAA Women’s Tennis First Round

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MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Nichols College women's tennis team won its NCAA Tournament First Round matchup with Wilkes University, 5-4, on Thursday afternoon at the Proctor Tennis Courts on the campus of Middlebury College.

The Bison improve to 20-2 overall and advance to the Second Round for the second-straight season, matching up with No. 18 Skidmore, which defeated Yeshiva 5-0 in one of the other First Round matchups, tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m. Wilkes wraps up its season at 15-4 overall.

Nichols took a 2-1 lead in doubles play as senior Alanna Judd (Westborough, Mass.) and sophomore Lindsey Kaplan (Boca Raton, Fla.) grabbed the first point of the day with an 8-2 win at No. 3 doubles over junior Erin Volutza  (Sinking Spring, Pa.) and senior Brittany Stanton (Mountaintop, Pa.). Sophomores Amarie Settiwongse (Bangkok, Thailand) and Isabelle Leonardi (North Hampton, N.H.) followed with an 8-6 win at No. 1 doubles over junior Jordan Vasarkovy (Toms River, N.J.) and sophomore Dana Saliyev (Jamison, Pa.).

The Colonels got their lone point of doubles at the No. 2 position as senior Ashley Dallaire (East Bridgewater, Mass.) and sophomore Megan Nathanson (Scarborough, Maine) fell to sophomore Francesca Varela-Seri (Stewartsville, N.J.) and sophomore Laura Zielinski (Mount Wolf, Pa.), 9-8 (7-5).

Kaplan opened singles play with a 6-2, 6-2 win over freshman Dagney Markle (New Oxford, Pa.) at No. 6 singles to put the Bison in front 3-1, but the Colonels trimmed the deficit to 3-2 as Zielinski defeated freshman Juliana Herrera (Villavicencio, Colombia), 6-2, 6-4. Varela-Seri pulled Wilkes even in the match with a 6-2, 6-4 victory at No. 2 singles over Judd.

Nathanson took the lead back for the Bison with a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 3 singles over Saliyev, but the Colonels answered with Volutza's 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 win at No. 4 singles over Leonardi to knot the match at 4-4.

The decision came down to No. 1 singles where Settiwongse won the first set, 6-2, before her opponent Vasarkovy responded with a 6-4 win in the second set. The third set went to the sophomore Settiwongse as she pulled out the victory with a 6-4 win in the third set to help the Bison advance.

 

Coach's Quote

"Today was one of the finest examples of a team win in recent memory. A lot of people stand out: Meg Nathanson bouncing back from a tough loss in doubles was huge. Lindsey Kaplan getting two points for us was certainly very impressive. The story of the day was Amie gutting out a tough three setter tied 4-4. She was cramping badly at the end, but had just enough to move us into the Second Round. I couldn't be prouder of the way this team competed. Hats off to Wilkes as well, they competed super hard in what was a well fought match with excellent sportsmanship on both sides." – Head Coach Paul Brower

 

All-Time Series

This was the first meeting between the two teams.

Match recap courtesy of the Nichols Sports Information Department.

 

2018 DIVISION III WOMEN'S TENNIS TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

First Round – Thursday, May 10
(Hosted by Middlebury – Middlebury, Vt.)

Skidmore def. Yeshiva, 5-0 | BOX
Nichols def. Wilkes, 5-4 | BOX
SUNY Geneseo def. Penn. St.-Berks, 5-0 | BOX

Second Round – Friday, May 11
(Hosted by Middlebury – Middlebury, Vt.)

Nichols vs. Skidmore, 8:30 a.m.
SUNY Geneseo at Middlebury, 11 a.m.

Regional Finals – Saturday, May 12
(Hosted by Middlebury – Middlebury, Vt.)

Second Round Winners, 10 a.m.

 

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