March 5, 2012

SHU Wins Third-Straight Beating South Dakota State, 4-3

ORLANDO, FL (March 5, 2012) - The Sacred Heart women's tennis team battled their way to a 4-3 win over South Dakota State on day two of their spring trip in Orlando.  The Pioneers have won three-straight dual matches and evened their record at 4-4 on the year.

The Pioneers swept all three doubles matches to set the tone winning the doubles point.  Seniors Kate Donnelly (Centerville, MA) and Kristina Chao (Needham, MA) opened with an 8-6 win at #1 over Brooke Henry and Jenny Blackburne. 

Sophomore Gabi Kaldan (New Brunswick, NJ) and senior Delaney Downing (Centennial, CO) won 8-4 over Megan McDougall and Bryna Nasenbeny.  The freshmen duo of Nicole Rydzewski (Maspeth, NY) and Haley Dubits (Andover, NJ) finished the sweep with an 8-7 win over Natalia Medina and Anna Botzet at #3.

The Pioneers sealed the win by splitting the six singles matches with the Jackrabbits.  SHU won at #2, #3 and #5 singles.  Rydewski won a three-set match with Blackburne, 6-1, 4-6, and 6-4.  Donnelly won at #3 over Henry, 6-1 and 6-2.  Downing won a three-set battle at #5, topping Medina after dropping the first set 6-4.  Downing rallied for a 7-6 and 6-4 win.

SHU continues their Florida trip on Tuesday taking on Creighton at 12 noon.

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