Courtesy of the Nichols Sports Information Department.
DUDLEY, Mass. – The Nichols College women's tennis program captured their third-straight Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) championship with a 5-3 victory over Endicott Saturday (Oct. 20) afternoon at the Robinson Tennis Courts in Dudley, Mass.
The Bison (13-0) opened up doubles play hot, sweeping all three doubles spots. Graduate student Alanna Judd (Westborough, Mass.) and junior Lindsey Kaplan (Boca Raton, Fla.) teamed up to take down seniors Hayley Barnett (Marlboro, N.J.) and Reilly Fitzgibbons (Killingworth, Conn.) 9-7 at the No. 3 doubles. Nichols juniors Amarie Settiwongse (Bangkok, Thailand) and Isabelle Leonardi (North Hampton, N.H.) took down sophomore Gretta Hartman (Glastonbury, Con.) and freshman Fernanda Trevino (Dallas, Texas) 8-0 at the No. 1 doubles. Also taking a win in doubles play was juniors Megan Nathanson (Scarborough, Maine) and Rachel McDonald (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) with an 8-6 victory at the No. 2 spot.
The Gulls (12-2) came out strong in singles play, as they were able to pull within striking distance when they picked up wins over Nichols student-athletes Kara Stankewitz (Cologne, Germany), Judd, and Leonardi. The Bison picked up their fourth point when Nathanson defeated Fitzgibbons 6-3, 6-2 at the No. 5 singles. The championship point came down to Settiwongse at the No. 1 singles and sophomore Juliana Herrera (Villavicencio, Colombia) at the No. 6 singles. Both were in the third set when Settiwongse was able to finish off her opponent, Barnett, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 to take home the championship.
Three things you need to know…
-With today's win the Bison capture the CCC's automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA women's tennis tournament.
-The Bison have now won three-straight CCC championships, all against the Gulls.
-Nichols improves to 13-0 for the first time in program history.
"That was another epic match in the rivalry. I am incredibly proud of the way the ladies competed from start to finish. Doubles really set the tone. Alanna and Lindsey coming from behind to clinch the third point was huge. In singles Endicott really came out firing. They truly came to play. In the end, Meg did a great job closing out her match to put us in position and Amie once again closed the door. Kudos to Eduardo, Cheeks, and the entire team for coming into the match prepared for a tough opponent. It really was a great win for the program." –Nichols head coach Paul Brower
2018 CCC WOMEN'S TENNIS TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
All matches hosted by higher seed
Quarterfinals – Wednesday, Oct. 10
Semifinals – Tuesday, Oct. 16
Finals – Saturday, Oct. 20
#1 Nichols def. #2 Endicott, 5-3 | BOX
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of nine full member and one 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.