TOWSON, Md. - The Saint Joseph's women's tennis team wrapped up a strong first week of the season as the Hawks took three of five matches from Atlantic 10 foe George Washington on Sunday morning, before winning two of three doubles matched from Towson in the final day of the Tiger Classic.
Individually against the Colonials, junior Aurora Davis remained undefeated for the year, going 6-3, 7-6 against Leah Pascaerlli for the win. Sophomore Kristina Eisenbrand picked up a two-set victory against Stephanie Wei, 6-2, 7-5, while junior Kelly Mulquin posted the third singles win with a 6-4, 6-1 decision versus Egle Jakuciunaite.
Capping the tournament with doubles matches versus Towson, the Hawks underclassmen played well, taking two of three matches from the Tigers. Freshman Sarah Contrata and sophomore Kristina Eisenbrand defeated Ayana Dow and Sophie Lesage, 8-5, while newcomers Alexandra Zachem and Claire Minnoe downed Cailey Easdale and Nisha Shah, 8-4.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – For the first time in Saint Joseph’s women’s tennis history, two Hawks have been named to Atlantic 10 All-Conference Teams. Senior Casey Robinson (Radnor, Pa./Harriton) was selected to the A-10 All-Conference First Team for the second straight year, while sophomore Aurora Davis (Stroudsburg, Pa./Stroudsburg) earned A-10 All-Conference Second Team honors, conference officials announced on Tuesday.
The only player in Saint Joseph's women's tennis history to garner multiple Atlantic 10 All-Conference honors, Robinson finished her career as arguably the best player to ever don the Crimson and Gray. An All-Conference First Team selection as a junior and senior, and Second Team honoree as a sophomore, Robinson posted a 66-21 singles record over her four seasons, setting the Hawks' all-time records for singles wins (66) and wins at No. 1 singles (52). This year, she posted arguably the best season in program history going 25-4 overall in singles matches and 20-3 at the top singles flight. A member of the SJU Athletic Director's Honor Roll, Robinson topped her previous record for wins, 23, set last season as a junior.
Playing primarily at the second singles flight, Davis posted a career year in 2012-13. After going 14-13 overall as a rookie, Davis flourished this past season, going 25-6 in singles matches to tie Robinson’s record for most wins in a season and setting a new record for wins at No. 2 singles with 18. Teaming with Robinson to go 10-3 at the top doubles flight, Davis will enter next season tied with Jhennifer Kedzierksi ’10 for the all-time lead in wins at No. 2 singles (23) and fifth overall in all-time singles wins.
SAINT JOSEPH'S WOMEN'S TENNIS TEAM EDGES PROVIDENCE, 4-3
TAMPA, Fla. - For the second straight day the Saint Joseph's women's tennis match came down to the final singles match. The Hawks, facing Big East foe Providence, again earned the 4-3 victory as sophomore Kelly Mulquinearned the three-set tie-breaking victory at No. 5 singles to earn the team win for SJU.
Drexel's No. 1 and No. 3 positions for mens doubles were defeated, 8-5, 8-4, respecitvely. Teammates Dan Koehler and Xabier Saavedra held on for the Dragons but ended their match unfinished, giving the Midshipmen the doubles point.
In singles competition, No. 6 Alex Fioravante picked up Drexel's only win of the match, going, 2-6, 6-4, 6-0. Fioravante's fast footwork was key in his success. Badr Ouabdelmoumen and Xabier Saavedra did not finish their matches, but each held the lead at the end of play.
CATONSVILLE, Md. - The Drexel men's and women's tennis teams both fell to UMBC in 7-0 decisions on Saturday. The men drop their overall record to 5-2 on the season and the women move to 6-1.
The men held onto one win in doubles play as the No. 2 position held by Xabier Saavedra and Dan Koehler defeated UMBC 8-6. Badr Ouabdelmoumen at the No. 1 held a close match but ended with the, 4-6, 5-7 loss. Alex Fioravante also held on as long as he could before losing, 4-6, 4-6.
On the women's side, each match was close, but the Dragons only managed to pick up one doubles win in the No. 2 position as Nicole Pivonka and Emma Brooke held the Retrievers off 8-6. UMBC swept singles play, going six for six.
PITTSBURGH - Coming down to the final singles match, the Saint Joseph's women's tennis team and Duquesne were tied 3-3. Going to the third set, the Hawks came out on the losing end, 4-3, despite a strong effort from the entire lineup.
Opening with doubles, the host Dukes took the first point at the first flight, but the SJU team of Kelly Mulquin and Devi Jadeja posted an 8-4 win at No. 3 doubles to square the doubles point up. Unfortunately for SJU, Duquesne earned the 8-5 win to take the first point of the match.
Switching to singles, the Dukes took the fourth and fifth flights to take a 3-0 lead, but Saint Joseph's answered with wins at the top three flights. Casey Robinson earned a 7-6 (4), 6-2 win at the top flight, while sophomore Aurora Davis was a 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 winner at the second flight. Freshman Kristina Eisenbrand tied the match at 3-3 with a 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (3) victory at the third flight.
PHILADELPHIA - Establishing herself as one of the top women's tennis players in Saint Joseph's history, redshirt junior Casey Robinson (Radnor, Pa./Harriton) added to her resume last weekend as she became the Hawks' all-time leader in singles victories.
The only Hawk to earn Atlantic 10 All-Conference honors twice, Robinson has posted an impressive 48-18 singles record since joining the team in 2009-10. Entering this season fourth all-time in wins, she quickly moved within striking distance of Allison Popen's record of 47 career wins.
Last Sunday at Massachusetts, Robinson made history. Facing the Minutewomen's Yuliana Motyl, Robinson posted a three-set victory, 6-4, 4-6, 11-9, to earn her 48th career singles win and set a new SJU record.
PHILADELPHIA – Saint Joseph’s women’s tennis coach Ian Crookenden announced today that Claire Minnoe (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn) has signed a National Letter of Intent during the early signing period to play for the Saint Joseph’s beginning in the 2013-14 season.
Claiming the New York Section III singles title five times, Minnoe capped her high school career with a 126-19 record. A five-time Scholar-Athlete, she qualified for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship three times, including a third place finish as a junior, the highest finish ever for a player from Section III. As a senior, Minnoe went 12-0 in qualifying matches and placed fourth at the state tournament. The two-time team captain currently ranks 12th in New York and 193rd nationally among high school recruits according to the Tennis Recruiting Network.
The Hawks begin the spring portion of their schedule on January 19 at Penn.