ORLANDO, Fla. - Playing at the USTA National Campus, the site of the 2017 Atlantic 10 Championship, Saint Joseph's women's tennis team earned some experience on the courts on Thursday versus Bryant. Despite a strong effort by the Hawks, the Bulldogs prevailed in the end, 5-2.
In singles play, Bryant picked up wins at the second and third fligths to take a 3-0 edge, but Saint Joseph's fought back to make it 3-2. Minnoe was a 7-6 (6), 6-4 winner over Marion Bouillin at the top flight, while Sarah Contrata beat Briana Leonard, 6-1, 6-3 at the sixth flight.
"The ladies played a very competitive match against a perennial conference champion and NCAA participant the Bryant Bulldogs," said SJU head coach Ian Crookenden. "After losing the doubles point and a quick loss at No. 2 and 3 singles, the Hawks came back with victories at No. 6 and 1 before going down at No. 5, and finally a three set loss at the fourth spot. It was a well fought test on the courts at which we will be competing for the Atlantic 10 Championship."
1. Alex Zachem/Claire Minnoe (SJU) def. Marion Bouillin/Ryan Brown (BRYANT) 7-5
2. Ashanti Campfield/Nina Luiggi (BRYANT) def. Maureen Devlin/Isis Gill-Reid (SJU) 6-4
3. Linnea Sjoberg/Stefanie Arroyo (BRYANT) def. Katherine Devlin/Sarah Contrata (SJU) 6-3
1. Claire Minnoe (SJU) def. Marion Bouillin (BRYANT) 7-6 (6), 6-4
2. Ashanti Campfield (BRYANT) def. Maureen Devlin (SJU) 6-2, 6-4
3. Nina Luiggi (BRYANT) def. Isis Gill-Reid (SJU) 6-0, 6-2
4. Ryan Brown (BRYANT) def. Alex Zachem (SJU) 4-6, 6-0, 6-3
5. Stefanie Arroyo (BRYANT) def. Katherine Devlin (SJU) 6-3, 7-5
6. Sarah Contrata (SJU) def. Briana Leonard (BRYANT) 6-1, 6-3