Backed by five singles victories, the Saint Joseph's tennis team downed Atlantic 10 rival St. Bonaventure, 5-2, on Sunday at the SJU Tennis Complex.
The Bonnies took an early lead in the match with a victory at the fifth singles flight, but the Hawks quickly bounced back with wins in the other five singles matches.
Laura Gomez evened the match with a 6-2, 6-2 win at the third flight over Kahlei Reisinger, with Isis Gill-Reid earning 7-6 (3), 6-4 win over Andrea Roque at the second flight, and Amanda Nava earning with a victory at the top flight over Penelope Abreu, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2. Paige Conrad battled to a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory at No. 4 singles, while Katherine Devlin bounced back after dropping the first set at No. 6 singles to best Paula Velilla 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
With the match already clinched, Gomez and Devlin topped Velilla and Gunay at the third doubles flight, 6-3, but the Bonnies would take the final two doubles matches for the final point of the day.
"It was great to see the Hawks put it together and overcome a determined conference opponent. Especially gratifying to see Paige and Katherine come from behind and fight back after dropping the first set," said SJU head coach Ian Crookenden. "St. Bonaventure got ahead by clinching No. 5 singles, but a convincing win by Laura led the charge and it was soon followed by Isis, Amanda, and then Paige sealed the victory. Katherine then put the emphasis on the singles victory. Doubles followed singles and another convincing win at No. 3 doubles meant Laura had a double-double this weekend."
The Hawks (2-14) return to action Wednesday at Villanova at 3 p.m.
Saint Joseph's 5, St. Bonaventure 2
1. Penelope Abreu/Andrea Roque (SBU) def. Amanda Nava/Isis Gill-Reid (SJU) 6-4
2. Kahlei Reisinger/Emily Stanley (SBU) def. Paige Conrad/Madeline Hill( SJU) 6-2
3. Laura Gomez/Katherine Devlin (SJU) def. Paula Velilla/Buse Gunay (SBU) 6-3
1. Amanda Nava (SJU) def. Penelope Abreu (SBU) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
2. Isis Gill-Reid (SJU) def. Andrea Roque (SBU) 7-6 (3), 6-4
3. Laura Gomez (SJU) def. Kahlei Reisinger (SBU) 6-2, 6-2
4. Paige Conrad (SJU) def. Buse Gunay (SBU) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
5. Emily Stanley (SBU) def. Alex Kramer (SJU) 6-1, 6-4
6. Katherine Devlin (SJU) def. Paula Velilla (SBU) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
Singles: St. Bonaventure 58, Saint Joseph's 78
Doubles: St. Bonaventure 15, Saint Joseph's 12
Total: St. Bonaventure 73, Saint Joseph's 90
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