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Anchorwomen tennis falls short in Little East Conference Finals

Jamila Coleman

Anchor Staff Writer

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It has been quite an eventful week for the Rhode Island College women’s tennis team, between both personal successes and team achievements. Recently, on Oct. 18, it was noted that senior Jenna Lisi of Cranston, Rhode Island was named the Little East Women’s Tennis Co-Player of the Week. This title has been given to Lisi three times this season alone. She currently holds a 9-0 singles record (No. 1) and an 11-0 doubles record (No. 1).

Then on Thursday, the Anchorwomen hosted Bridgewater State University’s women’s tennis team. The match began at 3 p.m. and RIC finished off with a full sweep across all boards, starting with their co-player of the week in doubles action. Lisi, teamed up with senior teammate Serena Babola of Cranston, secured an 8-3 win at No. 1 doubles. Furthermore, the Anchorwomen took a 3-0 lead over Bridgwater as they entered the singles matches.

After their doubles success, both Lisi and Babola won singles sets respectively. Lisi secured her win with scores of 6-0 and 6-1. Following her act, Babola won two singles as well, with scores of 6-2 apiece. This finished RIC with a final 5-0 victory, landing them a spot in the Little East Championship (LEC) match. This is the seventh year in a row that the Anchorwomen have made it this far. In the last nine years, the team has made eight appearances. And in the past five years, they’ve won the entire LEC tournament.

The Anchorwomen had a very strong year. Their only defeat came from No. 1 seed UMass Boston in an incredibly tight 4-5 away match that took place on Oct. 15, putting a cap on their regular season.

The Anchorwomen matched up against No. 1 UMass Boston in the LEC Championship match. Unfortunately for the Anchorwomen, they would once again find themselves on the losing end of this battle. UMass Boston would take the match by a final score of 5-2. Lisi was able to pick up the victory in singles action by a score of 6-1 and 6-4. Sarah Gonick was also able to capture victory in singles play by a score of 6-2 and 6-3.



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