Nichols Advances to NCAA Second Round With 5-4 Win Over Colby-Sawyer

Nichols Advances to NCAA Second Round With 5-4 Win Over Colby-Sawyer


Courtesy of the Nichols Sports Information Department.

FALMOUTH, Maine – The Nichols women's tennis team defeated Colby-Sawyer 5-4 in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament at the Forside Fitness and Tennis center in Falmouth, Maine.

The Bison (16-1) fell behind early, dropping two of the three doubles matches. The duo pair of junior Danielle Mandel (Fair Lawn, N.J.) and freshman Kara Stankewitz (Cologne, Germany) picked up the only win in doubles play for Nichols with an 8-4 win over Alexa Conlin (Westborough, Mass.) and Hilary Boucher (Presque Isle, Maine).

The Chargers (12-7) picked up their four wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles, as well as the No. 1 and No. 4 singles spots. After falling behind 4-3 during singles play the Chargers only needed one point to clinch the match and move to the Second Round. However, the Bison had other plans. Junior Megan Nathanson (Scarborough, Maine) tied the match at four points apiece after picking up a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Anna Kopituk (Morristown, Tenn.) at the No. 2 singles, before sophomore Juliana Herrera (Villavicencio, Colombia) clinched the match for the Bison with a 6-4, 6-3 win at the No. 3 singles over opponent Maddy Gemerek (Ballston Spa, N.Y.).

"Very happy with the way our ladies competed today." Said Nichols head coach Paul Brower "We shook off the 2-1 deficit after doubles with some really strong singles play. Danielle Mandel had a big day for us winning both of her matches handily and Meg Nathanson had a solid showing at two."

The Bison have now won the past three NCAA First Round matches and will take on the host school and the seventh ranked team in the nation Bowdoin College in a Second Round match Saturday morning at 8 a.m.

"The big star of the day certainly goes to Juliana Hererra." Said Brower "Her match was filled with tough points and she was alone on the court knowing that the match was tied 4 all for most of the second set. She deserves a ton of credit for her effort and composure in such a tough spot."



NCAA First Round – Friday, May 10
(Hosted by Bowdoin – Brunswick, Maine)

Nichols def. Colby-Sawyer, 5-4 | BOX
SUNY New Paltz def. Husson, 5-0 | BOX

NCAA Second Round – Saturday, May 11
(Hosted by Bowdoin – Brunswick, Maine)

Nichols at Bowdoin, 8 a.m.
SUNY New Paltz vs. MIT, 10:30 a.m.

NCAA Third Round – Sunday, May 12
(Hosted by Bowdoin – Brunswick, Maine)

Second round winners, TBD



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