Feb. 2, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Playing for the second time in as many days, the Seton Hall women’s tennis team notched its first win of the spring season on Sunday by moving past Binghamton, 4-2, on a neutral court at the United States Military Academy.
The Pirates (1-1) were boosted by a win in doubles competition for the second-straight day and went on to claim three of the five completed singles matches to secure the team victory over the Bearcats.
Continuing a trend that has seen a point of emphasis for head coach Greg Wyzykowski translate into greatly improved results throughout the 2013-14 season, The Hall sprung out ahead early on with two convincing wins on the doubles court.
After Binghamton earned a win at the #2 spot to start the day, sophomores Alex Landert (Naples, Fla.) and Julia Keenan (Greenland, N.H.) evened the score with a 6-2 victory over Agatha Ambrozy and Shea Brodsky at #3. With the doubles point on the line, seniors Rocio Portela (Demetrio Vega Baja, Puerto Rico) and Chloe Sher (Tin Shui Wai, Hong Kong) were able to close out a 6-2 win against Katya Medianik and Alexis Tashiro to send the Pirates into singles play with a 1-0 advantage in hand.
As individual competition began, junior Madison Shoemaker (Halfmoon Bay, British Columbia) was dominant at #5 for Seton Hall, dropping only three games in a straight-set victory over Brodsky. Sher helped push the lead to 3-0 with a 6-0, 6-2 triumph against Medianik from the top singles position, putting the Pirates one point away from victory.
The remaining three matches needed three-sets to be decided, the first of which went in favor of Binghamton at the #6 position. Keenan had fought back from falling, 4-6, in the first set to take the second, 6-3, from Annie DiMuro at #4, and went on to seal the team victory by coming out on top, 10-7, in the third.
With the match outcome already determined, Portela and Tashiro continued to battle in the #3 slot. The SHU senior rallied from a one-set deficit to force the third with a 7-6 (6) win in the second frame, but eventually came up just short as Tashiro prevailed 6-2, 6-7 (6), 11-9.
Hannah Liljekvist (Djursholm, Sweden) and Sara Kohtz saw their #2 match stopped with Kohtz ahead by one set.
The victory concludes a weekend in which the Pirates amassed a 4-2 record in doubles competition, taking the doubles point from both six-time reigning Patriot League champions Army and Binghamton in what was the Pirates’ first win over the Bearcats since the 2004-05 season – snapping a six-match losing streak in the series.
Seton Hall will be back in action next Sunday, February 9 when they will play host to Saint Peter’s in their first home match of the season. Start-time is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. from the Westfield Racquet Club.
Seton Hall 4, Binghamton 2
#1 Portela/Sher (Seton Hall) def. Medianik/Tashiro (Binghamton), 6-2
#2 DiMuro/Kohtz (Binghamton) def. Liljekvist/Shoemaker (Seton Hall), 6-3
#3 Keenan/Landert (Seton Hall) def. Ambrozy/Brodsky (Binghamton), 6-2
Doubles order of finish: 2,3,1
#1 Chloe Sher (Seton Hall) def. Katya Medianik (Binghamton), 6-0, 6-2
#2 Sara Kohtz (Binghamton) vs. Hannah Lijekvist (Seton Hall), 6-4, 4-3 DNF
#3 Alexis Tashiro (Binghamton) def. Rocio Portela (Seton Hall), 6-2, 6-7(0-7), 11-9
#4 Julia Keenan (Seton Hall) def. Annie DiMuro (Binghamton), 4-6, 6-3, 10-7
#5 Madison Shoemaker (Seton Hall) def. Shea Brodsky (Binghamton), 6-2, 6-1
#6 Agatha Ambrozy (Binghamton) def. Alex Landert (Seton Hall), 3-6, 6-4, 10-7
Singles order of finish: 5,1,6,3,4