SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – No. 3 seed Gordon and No. 5 seed Roger Williams both won their Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Women's Tennis Quarterfinal matches on Wednesday (Oct. 10) afternoon to advance to the CCC Semifinals.
The Fighting Scots swept No. 6 seed Western New England, 5-0, while the Hawks avenged their regular-season finale loss to No. 4 seed Salve Regina with a 5-3 victory.
The CCC Tournament Semifinals will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 16. Roger Williams will visit No. 1 seed Nichols in one semifinal at 3 p.m. Gordon will make the short trip to No. 2 seed Endicott in the other semifinal at 2 p.m.
The two semifinal winners will advance to compete in the 2018 CCC Women's Tennis Championship match on Saturday, Oct. 20. The winner of the title match will be named the 2018 CCC Women's Tennis Tournament Champion and earn the conference's automatic qualifier into the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championship in the spring.
#3 Gordon 5, #6 Western New England 0
WENHAM, Mass. - Third-seeded Gordon College women's tennis welcomed the Golden Bears of Western New England to the Brigham Athletic Complex this afternoon for the opening round of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) tournament and rolled to a 5-0 win to advance to the semifinals.
With No. 1 seed Endicott College having received a first round bye, the Scots will travel to meet their crosstown rival on Tuesday, Oct. 16 for a shot at the upcoming CCC title match.
No. 3 doubles pair Caitlin Kwok (Dana Point, Calif.) and Emily Ontiveros (Sylmar, Calif.) made quick work against their counterparts Jessica Cote (Groton, Conn.) and Rachel Bauer (Palmer, Mass.), completing the 8-0 sweep to get things started for the Scots. Gordon used that momentum to its advantage and never looked back as Justine Hanson (Meadow Vista, Calif.) and Gabrielle Brucker (Eleva, Wis.) defeated WNE's No. 1 duo of Maylene LaPress (Bedford, N.H.) and Morgan Schrader (Burnt Hills, N.Y.), 8-2, and Anne Carsey (Flagstaff, Ariz.) and Kaelyn Hall (Sugar Land, Texas) gritted out an 8-4 victory over Kyra Palumbo (Albany, N.Y.) and Petra Martinelli (Vernon, Conn.) to secure the doubles sweep.
Coming into singles action with the 3-0 edge, the Scots needed wins in just two more matches to punch their ticket to the semifinals. A laser-focused Hall quickly took down Cote, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 4 to set up the win, leaving Hanson to seal the deal for Gordon with a clean 6-0, 6-0 blanking of LaPress at No. 1.
With the win the Scots improve to 7-4 overall (5-2 CCC), while WNE closes out its fall campaign at 2-7 (2-5 CCC).
Beyond the Box Score
- Hall and Carsey increased their doubles win streak to eight straight.
- Said Head Coach Peter Amadon: "It is great to start off strong in doubles. Western New England always brings their best, and we knew it would take a strong effort to advance to the semifinals. We competed well."
Match recap courtesy of the Gordon Sports Information Department.
#5 Roger Williams 5, #4 Salve Regina 3
BRISTOL, R.I. - The Roger Williams women's tennis team had an amazing come from behind 5-3 victory against Salve Regina on a Wednesday afternoon.
During doubles play, RWU's No. 2's Riley Spillane (Easton, Mass.) and Taryn Roche (Greenlawn, N.Y.) fought hard for a 8-1 victory against opponents Abigail Burke (Harwich, Mass.) and Darcy Carlin (Brewster, N.Y.).
Going into the singles matchups, Roger Williams was down 2-1 due to a defeat from Salve's No. 1's Lauren Harvey (Edmond, Okla.) and Makenzie Sadler (Mystic, Conn.) and No. 3's Anna Godshalk (Orleans, Mass.) and Erin Stangel (Old Saybrook, Conn.).
In singles play however, the Hawks stepped it up a notch and took down Salve with a victory from Tanya Gianitsos (Old Saybrook, Conn.), Morgan Crimmins (Boston, Mass.), Roche, and Spillane to capture the five wins of the day.
Freshman Gianitsos was the first Hawk to reach success against Salve's Carlin with another score of 6-1, 6-1. Crimmins' match with Stangel ended second with a score of 6-1, 6-1. RWU's Roche also recorded a win during her singles match against Salve's Sadler 7-5, 6-2. Finally, Spillane came in clutch to produce the last win that the Hawks needed with a triumph of 6-4, 6-2 against Burke.
The Hawks move on to the semifinals against Nichols on Tuesday, Oct. 16th.
Match recap courtesy of the Roger Williams Sports Information Department.
2018 CCC WOMEN'S TENNIS TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
All matches hosted by higher seed
Quarterfinals – Wednesday, Oct. 10
Semifinals – Tuesday, Oct. 16
#5 Roger Williams at #1 Nichols, 3 p.m.
#3 Gordon at #2 Endicott, 2 p.m.
Finals – Saturday, Oct. 20
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 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.