March 2, 2014
MOUNTAINSIDE, N.J. – The Seton Hall women’s tennis team halted a three-match slide in emphatic fashion on Saturday, picking up its fourth victory of the spring by blanking visiting Fairfield in a 4-0 win.
With the result decided, several matches were left unfinished.
The Pirates (4-4) clinched the doubles point by prevailing at the second and third positions, moving ahead 1-0 early on.
Julia Keenan (Greenland, N.H.) teamed with Julie Martiny (Brussels, Belgium) - who stepped into the doubles lineup for the third time during the dual match season –and the pair of Seton Hall underclassmen combined to double up Kalia Nelson and Carolina Koladzyn, 8-4, at #3.
Sophomore Hannah Liljekvist (Djursholm, Sweden) and junior Madison Shoemaker (Halfmoon Bay, British Columbia) added their third victory at #2 this spring, taking down Tori Pirrello and Sharissa Ryan, 8-6.
Seton Hall’s primary #2 tandem; Liljekvist and Shoemaker have now recorded 10 wins as a duo in 2013-14.
In singles competition, Sher cruised past three-time MAAC Player of the Year Monica Yajiima, powering her way to a convincing 6-0, 6-3 victory in their first singles matchup. Sher now owns four dual match singles on the year, all coming at #1.
Keenan and Shoemaker added the other two wins that put the result out of question, each dropping only two games in dominant performances.
Keenan downed Nelson at #4, sweeping the second set after taking the first, 6-2. In the fifth slot, Shoemaker blanked Koladzyn in the first set and went on to prevail in the second to secure the win.
It was the third dual match singles victory for Keenan while Shoemaker is tied with Sher for the team-lead with four.
Portela was one game away from adding a victory over Alison Radde at #3 when play was called to a stop.
With the shutout win, their second of the season, the Pirates improved to 7-0 overall in 2013-14 against the Stags who were picked to finish second in the MAAC prior to the year.
Seton Hall hosts SUNY-Albany on Sunday to wrap up a busy weekend.
Seton Hall 4 Fairfield 0
#1. Portela/Sher (Seton Hall) vs. Radde/Yajima (Fairfield), unfinished
#2. Liljekvist/Shoemaker (Seton Hall) def. Pirrello/Ryan (Fairfield), 8-6
#3. Keenan/Martiny (Seton Hall) def. Nelson/Koladzyn (Fairfield), 8-4
#1. Chloe Sher (Seton Hall) def. Monica Yajima (Fairfield), 6-0, 6-3
#2. Hannah Liljekvist (Seton Hall) vs. Sharissa Ryan (Fairfield), unfinished
#3. Rocio Portela (Seton Hall) vs. Alison Radde (Fairfield), unfinished
#4. Julia Keenan (Seton Hall) def. Kalia Nelson (Fairfield), 6-2, 6-0
#5. Madison Shoemaker (Seton Hall) def. Carolina Koladzyn (Fairfield), 6-0, 6-2
#6. Julie Martiny (Seton Hall) vs. Tori Pirrello (Fairfield), unfinished