Pioneers Post Wins Over UConn and Manhattan

Pioneers Post Wins Over UConn and Manhattan

The Sacred Heart women's tennis team opened the dual match portion of their schedule this week, earning a 7-0 win at Manhattan on Monday and beating UConn at home, 4-3, on Tuesday.  The win marks the first for the Pioneer program over the Huskies.

The Pioneers took the doubles point against UConn with wins at #1 and #3.  The team of freshman Gabi Kaldan (New Brunswick, NJ) and senior Darcy Demers (Norton, MA) won their match over Jen Learmoth and Emily Herb, 8-4, at first doubles while juniors Kate Donnelly (Centerville, MA) and Delaney Downing (Englewood, CO) rallied from down 5-2 to beat Lucy Nutting and Lauren Wilmarth 8-6 at third doubles.

In singles, SHU won three matches with all going into the third sets.  Donnelly defeated Learmoth at first singles 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. At fourth singles, Kaldan defeated Wilmarth 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 and the match came down to third singles where senior Elizabeth Harrington (Westerly, RI) dropped the first set 6-4, before coming back to win the second and third set 7-6 (5), 7-5 to clinch the win.

On Monday afternoon, the Pioneers travled to the National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York and came away with a 7-0 win over the Jaspers. 

Harrington led off singles play with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Hilary Valenzuela in the #1 spot.  Donnelly bested Christina Ton, 6-3, 6-0 at second singles, Kaldan won her third singles match, 6-4, 6-1 over Christina Puleo and Demers beat Stepahanie Tsao, 6-1, 6-1 at #4.

Rounding out the sweep in singles play was Downing who beat Brittany Turano, 6-4, 6-2 at #5 and junior Kristina Chao (Needham, MA) who posted a 6-1, 6-0 win over Kaitlyn Zaffuto at #6.

SHU won all three doubles matches as well led by Kaldan and Demers at #1, 8-2, over Valenzuela and Tsao.  Harrington and Chao teamed for an 8-2 win over Puleo amd Maffei at #2 and Donnelly and Downing won at third doubles, 8-4, over Ton and Turano.

The Pioneers will host the New England Women's Invitational this weekend.