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Women’s Tennis Earns First Win of 2014 Spring Season Against URI

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Women’s Tennis Earns First Win of 2014 Spring Season Against URI


PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The University at Albany women’s tennis team played a pair of dual matches this weekend against Rhode Island and Brown on the Brown University campus.

The Great Danes pulled off a 4-3 win against the Rams on Saturday, despite only having five players available. Freshmen Paulina Torres and Alba Sala won their matches in third set tie breaks to earn their first career wins of the spring season. Mireille Hermans and Kirsten Scott won their single matches in straight sets to edge URI.

“This was an exciting way to win the first match of the season, and a nice start to what promises to be a good year,” said head coach Gordon Graham.  

UAlbany 4          URI 3


1. Chernykh-Sadovnikova (URI)  def. Kukkonen-Sala (UA) 6-3*

2. Torres-Scott (UA) led Uy-Asokaraj (URI) 4-3, 15-40; match stopped

3. Holden-Rucks (URI) won by default (UA didn’t field team)

Order of finish: 3,1

*=Clinched doubles point for URI


1. Galina Chernykh (URI) def. Cheryl Kukkonen (UA) 6-1,6-0

2. Mireille Hermans (UA) def. Cris Lopez-Fernandez (URI) 6-3,6-0

3. Alba Sala (UA) def. Taylor Holden (URI) 6-2,3-6,1-0 (10-8)

4. Kirsten Scott (UA) def. Nithila Asokaraj (URI) 7-5,6-0

5. Pau Torres (UA) def. Kathleen Uy (URI) 1-6,6-2, 1-0 (10-8)$

6. Jordan Rucks (URI) won by default (UA did not field player)

Order of finish: 6,2,1,4,3,5

$ =Clinched match for UAlbany

Against Brown on Sunday, the Great Danes fell 7-0. Hermans and Scott looked to battle back in their singles matches, but fell 6-1, 7-5 and 4-6, 6-3, 10-6, respectively.

UAlbany women’s tennis returns to action at Boston College and Siena next weekend.

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