Feb. 10, 2014
WESTFIELD, N.J. – The Seton Hall tennis team powered its way to its second consecutive victory on Sunday, shutting-out in-state foe Saint Peter’s, 7-0, in what was the Pirates’ home opener.
With the Peacocks playing with only five players, The Hall (2-1) quickly wrapped up the doubles point for the third-straight match before recording straight-set wins in all five singles matches that were played.
Hannah Liljekvist (Djursholm, Sweden) and Julia Keenan (Greenland, N.H.) cruised to a 6-0 victory over Ivana Grbelja and Eleba Melian at #2 doubles in their first appearance as a duo this season to give Seton Hall an early 1-0 advantage heading into singles competition.
In singles, junior Madison Shoemaker (Halfmoon Bay, British Columbia) got things started for SHU by downing Melian, 6-1, 6-2 for her first dual match victory of the spring and her 13th win overall in 2013-14.
Portela triumphed by an identical score-line against Grbelja at #2, improving to 1-1 in dual match play and scoring the team’s first victory at #2 this spring. The senior now has seven singles wins on the season, moving into a tie for fourth on the squad.
At the top position, Liljekvist prevailed over Adina Ungurean-Halagian, 6-0, 6-2 to move to 9-6 during the 2013-14 campaign and stretch the Pirates lead to 4-0, clinching the team victory.
Making her first appearance in a dual match, freshman Julie Martiny (Brussels, Belgium) dropped only three games in her matchup with Vanessa Vogel at the fifth position, scoring the fifth win of her career in the process.
Keenan put the finishing touches on the dominant performance, besting Lucia Radovic, 6-2, 6-1 at #3 to pick up her second win in as many matches and her fourth of the spring. With 12 victories in 19 matches this season, the sophomore now ranks behind only Shoemaker on the team.
The Pirates will remain in state for their next match as they are scheduled to take on NJIT on Saturday, February 15 in Newark. Start-time is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
Seton Hall 7 Saint Peter’s 0
#1 Portela/Sher (SHU) vs. Radovic/Ungurean-Halagian (SPU), DNF
#2 Keenan/Liljekvist (SHU) def. Grbelja/Melian (SPU), 6-0
#3 Martiny/Shoemaker (SHU) unopposed
#1 Hannah Liljekvist (SHU) def. Adina Ungurean-Halagian (SPU), 6-0, 6-2
#2 Rocio Portela (SHU) def. Ivana Grbelja (SPU), 6-0, 6-2
#3 Julia Keenan (SHU) def. Lucia Radovic (SPU), 6-2, 6-1
#4 Madison Shoemaker (SHU) def. Eleba Melian (SPU), 6-1, 6-2
#5 Julie Martiny (SHU) def. Vanessa Vogel (SPU), 6-2, 6-1
#6 Anna Guryanova (SHU) unopposed
Order of finish: 6, 4, 2, 1, 5, 3