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Quality tennis performance at home

Both men and women's tennis perform well on home ground at the Lions' tournament. (Photo courtesy of Patti Cooper)
Both men and women’s tennis perform well on home ground at the Lions’ tournament. (Photo courtesy of Patti Cooper)

The College’s women’s tennis team hosted the two-day Lion’s invitational against New York University on Friday, Sept. 12, and Saturday, Sept. 13.

The team received a number of quality performances in both singles and doubles play.

Six different Lion’s picked up wins in singles play on the opening day, including wins from junior Victoria Michels, sophomore Katie Buchbinder and freshmen Nadia Olesnycky, Kristen Malpas, Brittany Reedman and Danna Tsay.

Junior captain Emma Allen had strong praise for Buchbinder’s performance in singles play.

“She was sick before the match, but she didn’t let that slow her down,” Allen said. “She fought hard the whole match and won it in a tiebreaker, and we couldn’t be more proud of her.”

Doubles play saw impressive victories for Reedman and Maddy Stoner, Reedman and Tsay and junior Jasmine Muniz-Cadorette and Emma Allen.

“NYU is such a strong team,” Allen said. “They have an incredibly deep roster, not unlike our own. Whether they were winning or losing, everyone fought hard.  We played tremendously.”

The College’s men’s tennis team was also active in the tournament, opening their season against the NYU men.

The Lions won all four doubles matches on Saturday, with sophomores Jack August and Pierce Cooper posting scores of 8-0 and 8-3.  The tandem of sophomores Billy Buchbinder and Jason Prezant also won in doubles with scores of 8-2 and 8-5.

The College also had a number of players post victories in their singles matches, with wins going to August, Cooper, Chris D’Agostino, Marc Friedmen and Mike Stanley.  The men next compete in the ITA Northeast Regional Championships from Saturday, Sept. 20 to Sunday, Sept. 22.

Earlier in the week, the College’s women’s tennis had a very strong home opener, besting the Stockton Ospreys 9-0.

The win stretches the Lion’s conference win streak to 157, a streak that began in 1983. Doubles action saw junior captains Jasmine Muniz-Cadorette and Emma Allen netting an 8-1 victory at the top position, while freshmen Nadia Olesnycky and Maddy Stoner won at second doubles 8-4.

Sophomores Katie Buchbinder and Anna Prestera won third doubles by a mark of 8-2.

“Nerves aren’t an issue anymore” Allen said. “Everyone seems fully comfortable on the court now.”

All six points in single play were swept, with Buchbinder, Muniz-Cadorette, Brittany Reedman, Allen, Stoner and Prestera all earning victories in the first six slots.

The win bumped the Lion’s record to 3-0 while dropping Stockton to a record of 2-2.

“It’s amazing how all of our players can compete with each other,” Allen said. “Every one of our ten players has the skill to compete.”

The girls return to dual meet action on Saturday, Sept. 20, where they will host conference opponent Kean University at 12 p.m.

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