Sacred Heart finishes Season with 4-2 Loss to Saint Francis in NEC Tournament

WEST WINDSOR, Conn – The Sacred Heart women's tennis team dropped the doubles point and lost three singles matches to fall to the Saint Francis Red Flash, 4-2, in the NEC Tournament quarterfinals Thursday afternoon at the Mercer County Tennis Center. The Pioneers finish the season with an 8-12 record.

The Pioneers lone two wins came from Katie DeRienzo (Douglaston, NY) and Nicole Rydzewski (Maspeth, NY). DeRienzo cruised to her fifth straight win, 6-2, 6-4, over Rafaela Panizza at number one singles, while Rydzewski battled back from losing the first set to defeat Danielle Gryckiewicz, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0 at number four singles.

Full Results:


  1. Katie DeRienzo (SHU) def. Rafaela Panizza, 6-2, 6-4
  2. Shivani Patel def. Gabi Kaldan (SHU), 6-2, 6-1
  3. Lucy Jasso def. Paige Olson (SHU), 6-4, 6-1
  4. Nicole Rydzewski (SHU) def. Danielle Gryckiewicz, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0
  5. Brittini Jentz def. Taylor Gurda (SHU), 6-2, 6-2


Gryckiewicz/Alex Sachs def. Rydzewski/DeRienzo (SHU), 8-3

Jasso/Jentz def. Kaldan/Gurda (SHU), 8-5