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Women's Tennis

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Courtesy: Sideline Photos, LLC
Women's Tennis Caps Fall Schedule at NJIT Invite
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  10/28/2013

NEWARK, N.J. - The Saint Joseph's women's tennis team capped the fall portion of its schedule this past weekend at the NJIT Invitational. With 10 Hawks competing in individual and doubles matches, Sarah Contrata, Michele Vona and the pairing of Claire Minnoe and Kelly Mulquin all advanced to a championship match in their flights.

Playing in the Singles Flight E, Contrata opened play with a decisive 6-4, 6-0 victory over Vanessa Vogel of Saint Peter's. In the semifinals, Contrata again was the aggressor, taking the first set 6-1, and making quick work of Seton Hall's Lauren Rodrigues in the second for a 6-0 victory to advance to the championship match. In the title match, Contrata battled Albany's Mireille Hermans in the first set, before dropping it 6-5 (6). Unfortunately for the SJU freshman, Hermans would take the second set, 6-1, for the flight title.

In the backdraw of the Singles Flight E, Vona advanced to the consolation title match versus Vogel. With the format switched to just one set, the Hawks' Vona put up a strong fight, but eventually fell 8-3.

The duo of Minnoe and Mulquin dropped its first contest in the Doubles Flight 2, but posted strong performances in reaching the consolation finals. The pair bested Ivana Grbelja Vanessa Vogel of Saint Peter's, 8-4, in the consolation quarterfinals and followed with an 8-3 win in the semifinals against Marist's Melissa Carlay and Kaye Eastman. In the championship match though, Minnoe and Mulquin would fall to Seton Hall's  Madison Shoemaker and Julie Martin, 8-1.

The Hawks will return to action in January, travelling to Navy to begin the spring schedule on January 25.

Singles Flight A
Aurora Davis (SJU) def. Katie DeRienzo (Sacred Heart) 6-4, 6-2 (Opening round)
Shreya Pasricha (Fairleigh Dickenson) def. Aurora Davis (SJU) 6-4, 2-6, 10-3 (Quarterfinals)

Singles Flight B
Alison Radde (Fairfield) def. Kelly Mulquin (SJU) 6-2, 6-3 (opening round)
Madison Shoemaker (Seton Hall) def. Kelly Mulquin (SJU) 6-3, 6-4 (Consolation quarterfinals)

Nithila Asokaraj (URI) def. Arianne Polatnick (SJU) 6-4, 6-4 (opening round)
Arianne Polatnick (SJU) def. Tori Pirrello (Fairfield) 6-4, 6-4 (consolation quarterfinals)
Nikki Rohan (Marist) def. Arianne Polatnick (SJU) 8-2 (consolation semifinals)

Singles Flight C
Claire Minnoe (SJU) def. Hanneiore Mac Donald (NJIT) 6-3, 6-5 (6) (opening round)
Nicole Chis (Fairleigh Dickinson) def. Claire Minnoe (SJU) 6-2, 6-2 (quarterfinals)

Lucia Radovic (Saint Peter's) def. Alex Zachem (SJU) 6-4, 6-4 (opening round)
Alex Zachem (SJU) def. Taylor Gurda (Seton Hall) 2-6, 6-4, 10-5 (consolation quarterfinals)
Nathalie Habegger (NJIT) def. Alex Zachem (SJU) 8-1 (consolation semifinals)

Singles Flight D
Anne Marie Devlin (SJU) def. Holly Ream (Fairfield) 6-2, 6-1 (opening round)
Anne Marie Devlin (SJU) def. Megan Guidry (NJIT) 6-3, 6-5 (5) (quarterfinals)
Kirsten Scott (Albany) def. Anne Marie Devlin (SJU) 6-1, 6-2 (semifinals)

Singles Flight E
Mireille Hermans (Albany) def. Michele Vona (SJU) 6-0, 6-1 (opening round)
Vanessa Vogel (Saint Peter's) def. Michele Vona (SJU) 8-3 (consolation championship)

Sarah Contrata (SJU) def. Vanessa Vogel (Saint Peter's) 6-4, 6-0 (opening round)
Sarah Contrata (SJU) def. Lauren Rodrigues (Seton Hall) 6-1, 6-0 (semifinals)
Mireille Hermans (Albany) def. Sarah Contrata (SJU) 6-5 (6), 6-1 (championship)

Doubles Flight 1
Aurora Davis/Alex Zachem (SJU) def. Kathleen Uy/Taylor Holden (URI) 8-6 (opening round)
Aurora Davis/Alex Zachem (SJU) def. Sabrina Tahir/Callie Morlock (Marist) 8-6 (quarterfinals)
Shreya Pasricha/Nicole Chis (Fairleigh Dickinson) def. Aurora Davis/Alex Zachem (SJU) 8-2 (semifinals)

Rocio Lopez Alberca/Kirsten Scott (Albany) def. Kristina Eisenbrand/Sarah Contrata (SJU) 8-1 (opening round)
Lindsey Post/Katie DiRienzo (Sacred Heart) def. Kristina Eisenbrand/Sarah Contrata (SJU) 8-7 (5) (consolation quarterfinals)

Doubles Flight 2
Anne Marie Devlin/Arianne Polatnick (SJU) def. Katie Seitz/Marielle Campbell (Marist) 8-5 (opening round)
Natalia Melibeu/Caolina Zanotta (NJIT) def. Anne Marie Devlin/Arianne Polatnick (SJU) 8-2 (quarterfinals)

Hannelore MacDonald/Nathalie Habegger (NJIT) def. Claire Minnoe/Kelly Mulquin (SJU) 8-3 (opening round)
Claire Minnoe/Kelly Mulquin (SJU) def. Ivana Grbelja/Vanessa Vogel (Saint Peter's) 8-4 (consolation quarterfinals)
Claire Minnoe/Kelly Mulquin (SJU) def. Melissa Carlay/Kaye Eastman (Marist) 8-3 (consolation semifinals)
Madison Shoemaker/Julie Martiny (Seton Hall) def. Claire Minnoe/Kelly Mulquin (SJU) 8-1 (consolation championship)

Doubles Flight 3 (Round Robin)
Megan Guidry (NJIT)/Elba Melian (Saint Peter's) def. Michele Vona/Mary-Margaret Ewens (SJU) 8-2
Nikki Rohan/Lisa Ventimiglia (Marist) def. Michele Vona/Mary-Margaret Ewens (SJU) 8-3
Holly Ream/Stephanie Ziegler (Fairfield) def. Michele Vona/Mary-Margaret Ewens (SJU) 8-3

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