ORLANDO, FL (March 7, 2011) - The Sacred Heart women's tennis team won their third and fourth consecutive dual matches to open up their annual Spring Break trip in Orlando, Florida. The Pioneers posted consecutive 6-1 wins over South Dakota State and Mount St. Mary's to improve to 7-1 on the year. SHU is now 3-0 against Northeast Conference play this season with wins over the Mount, Monmouth and Bryant.
In Sunday's win over the Jackrabbits, the Pioneers took two of the three double matches for the point. Freshman Gabi Kaldan (New Brunswick, NJ) and senior Darcy Demers (Norton, MA) won a hard fought 9-8 (6) decision over Jen Blackburne and Brooke Henry at #1. The team of juniors Kate Donnelly (Centerville, MA) and Delaney Downing (Englewood, CO) earned the doubles point by beating Megan McDougall and Natalia Medina, 8-3.
Kaldan beat Bryna Nasenbeny 6-1, 6-4 at #3 singles followed by a 6-1, 6-0 win by Demers over McDougall at #5. Senior Elizabeth Harrington (Westerly, RI) won at #2 singles over Henry, 6-3, 6-1. Junior Kristina Chao (Needham, MA) won her #5 singles match over Bethany Gooden, 6-3, 6-0 and Downing closed out the win with a 6-0, 7-6 (5) win over Medina at #6.
SHU swept all three doubles matches against the Mount with Kaldan and Demers again leading the way with an 8-4 win over Emily Bolchuz and Renee Deane. Harrington and Chao battled to an 8-6 win over Samantha Pinchoff and Kelly Conroy at #2. Donnelly and Downing made it a clean sweep with a 9-8 (4) win over Carly Landini and Emma Haley.
Donnelly won her singles match at #1, 6-1, 6-1 over Emily Bolchuz. The Pioneers won the #1 through #5 singles matches. Harrington posted a 6-2, 6-2 win voer Pinchoff at #2 followed by Kaldan winning 7-6, 7-5 over Conroy at #3. Demers won 6-2, 6-2 over Landini at #4 and Chao finished out the win with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Haley at #5.
The Pioneers close out their spring trip facing Seton Hall and St. John's.