Troy, NY – The Sage Colleges' women's tennis team hosted the Golden Knights of The College of Saint Rose in a match that started on Monday, but was finished on Tuesday afternoon. Sage led 4-3 on Monday before darkness fell and the match was completed on Tuesday and saw the Gators triumph, 6-3.
Minutes later the Gators took to the courts in a scheduled Skyline Conference match hosting the Panthers of Purchase College. Purchase tallied a 7-2 win. Sage stands at 4-3 overall and 1-2 in the Skyline Conference, while Purchase is now 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the league. Saint Rose is now 0-1 on the young season.
Saint Rose held a 2-1 lead after doubles as they won at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. Sage's pair of junior Kirsten Ackerman (Rensselear, NY/Guilderland) and senior Nicole Riley (Catskill, NY/Catskill) triumphed 8-2 at No. 1 doubles as they beat sophomore captain Paige Southwick (Champlain, NY/Northeastern Clinton) and freshman Gabriella Pizzanelli (East Longmeadow, MA/East Longmeadow).
Ackerman, who the Skyline Conference Player of the Week, was a winner at No. 1 singles as well downing Southwick, 6-2, 6-1.
Pizzanelli posted a 6-1, 6-4 win over Riley at No. 2 singles, while Sage's rookie Erin Duffy (Castleton, NY/Maple Hill) and junior Lauren Bendall (Rome, NY/Rome Free Academy) provided the pair of wins in singles play on Tuesday to lift Sage past Saint Rose, 6-3 with their three-set tie breaker wins at No. 3 and No. 5 singles.
Following the Saint Rose match, Sage faced the Panthers and dropped a 7-2 decision. The lone wins for the Gators came at No. 2 singles as Riley posted a win in the tie-breaker, over sophomore Juliette Ferraro (Northport, NY/Northport).
Purchase's freshman Angela Assal (Bronx, NY/HSMSE @CCNY) pulled off a win that numerous other opponents could not as she defeated Sage's Ackerman, 6-0, 6-4. The loss was the first dual match loss of her career for Ackerman as she had been 20-0 lifetime at Sage in dual match singles play and 21-1 overall. Assal snapped Ackerman's 14 match win streak that had dated back to the last week of September, 2012.
Tennis Match Results
Saint Rose vs The Sage Colleges
Sep 23, 2013 at Troy, NY
The Sage Colleges 6, Saint Rose 3
1. Ackerman, Kristen (SAGEWOM) def. Paige Southwick (STR) 6-2, 6-1
2. Gabriella Pizzanelli (STR) def. Riley, Nicole (SAGEWOM) 6-1, 6-4
3. Duffy, Erin (SAGEWOM) def. Maggie Moran (STR) 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
4. Schultz, Katie (SAGEWOM) def. Megan Stacklum (STR) 6-1, 6-2
5. Bendall, Lauren (SAGEWOM) def. Ashley Cunningham (STR) 1-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2
6. Mendoza, Shanessa (SAGEWOM) def. Keri Robinson (STR) 6-4, 6-1
1. Ackerman, Kristen/Riley, Nicole (SAGEWOM) def. Gabriella Pizzanelli/Paige Southwick (STR) 8-2
2. Maggie Moran/Alyssa Haddad (STR) def. Bendall, Lauren/Duffy, Erin (SAGEWOM) 9-8 (7-5)
3. Megan Stacklum/Ashley Cunningham (STR) def. Fowler, Dana/Race, Julia (SAGEWOM) 8-1
Match Notes: Saint Rose 0-1 The Sage Colleges 5-2
Tennis Match Results
PURCHASE PANTHERS vs The Sage Colleges Sep 24, 2013 at Troy, NY
PURCHASE PANTHERS 7, The Sage Colleges 2
1. Assal, Angela (PUR-WTN) def. Ackerman, Kristen (SAGEWOM) 6-0, 6-4
2. Riley, Nicole (SAGEWOM) def. Ferraro, Juliette (PUR-WTN) 6-7, 6-1, 10-8
3. Coleman, Katherine (PUR-WTN) def. Duffy, Erin (SAGEWOM) 6-1, 6-3
4. Yavel, Emma (PUR-WTN) def. Schultz, Katie (SAGEWOM) 6-1, 6-3
5. Rippey, Jasmine (PUR-WTN) def. Bendall, Lauren (SAGEWOM) 6-4, 3-6, 10-5
6. Fulton, Erika (PUR-WTN) def. Mendoza, Shanessa (SAGEWOM) 7-5, 6-1
1. Ackerman, Kristen/Riley, Nicole (SAGEWOM) def. Assal, Angela/Rippey, Jasmine (PUR-WTN) 9-7
2. Coleman, Katherine/Ferraro, Juliette (PUR-WTN) def. Schultz, Katie/Hayward, Mary Kate (SAGEWOM) 8-1
3. Yavel, Emma/Palmer, Anna (PUR-WTN) def. Race, Julia/Fowler, Dana (SAGEWOM) 8-2
PURCHASE PANTHERS 2-1, 1-0 Skyline
The Sage Colleges 5-3, 1-2 Skyline
T-3 hours A-15