Troy, NY – The Sage Colleges' women's tennis team hosted the Golden Bears of Western New England University on Thursday afternoon at Prospect Park. The Gators posted a 5-4 win to improve to 6-3 overall, while WNEU falls to 3-7.
Sage's pair of junior Kirsten Ackerman (Rensselear, NY/Guilderland) and senior Nicole Riley (Catskill, NY/Catskill) triumphed 8-3 at No. 1 doubles as they beat freshmen Caleigh Curran (Hamden, CT/Sacred Heart) and Joeanna Glantz (Agawam, MA/Agawam). The Gators tandem improves to 9-0 this fall with one another.
Ackerman added a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 1 singles, besting Curran, while Riley added a 7-6 (5), 6-2 win over Linda Mustafa (Chicopee, MA/Springfield Cathedral).
Adding to the winning effort for the Gators was junior Lauren Bendall (Rome, NY/Rome Free Academy) as she triumphed 6-4, 6-4 over the Golden Bears' sophomore Kelly Byrnes (Berlin, CT/Berlin). The victory was sealed by the three-set win at No. 6 singles by rookie Shanessa Mendoza (North Plainfield, NJ/North Plainfield), 2-6, 7-5, 10-5 beating freshman Corey St. Louis (Groton, CT/Robert E. Fitch).
Sage's top double tandem of Ackerman and Riley will be competing in the 2013 ITA Northeast Championships on the campus of William Smith College (Geneva, NY) Saturday-Monday, September 28-30. The pair will compete in the 64 player singles' draw as well as the 32 pair doubles bracket with hopes of advance to the ITA Nationals next month.
The Sage Colleges 5, Western New England 4
1. Ackerman, Kristen (SAGEWOM) def. Caleigh Curran (WNEW) 6-0, 6-1
2. Riley, Nicole (SAGEWOM) def. Linda Mustafa (WNEW) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
3. Joeanna Glantz (WNEW) def. Duffy, Erin (SAGEWOM) 7-6 (7-2), 6-2
4. Lindsey Brudvig (WNEW) def. Schultz, Katie (SAGEWOM) 6-2, 6-2
5. Bendall, Lauren (SAGEWOM) def. Kelly Byrnes (WNEW) 6-4, 6-4
6. Mendoza, Shanessa (SAGEWOM) def. Corey St. Louis (WNEW) 2-6, 7-5, 10-5
1. Ackerman, Kristen/Riley, Nicole (SAGEWOM) def. Caleigh Curran/Joeanna Glantz (WNEW) 8-3
2. Lindsey Brudvig/Linda Mustafa (WNEW) def. Duffy, Erin/Bendall, Lauren (SAGEWOM) 8-4
3. Kelly Byrnes/Juliette Cormier (WNEW) def. Race, Julia/Schultz, Katie (SAGEWOM) 8-1
Western New England 3-7
The Sage Colleges 6-3