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Playoff Preview: Tennis To Test Pride In GNAC First Round

Playoff Preview: Tennis To Test Pride In GNAC First Round

WEST HARTFORD, Conn.— Playoff season is officially among us, as the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) women's tennis team gets set for its biggest match in nearly two years; a first-round contest in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) postseason tournament against Regis College (RC) Wednesday. The action will start at 2:00 p.m. on the Regis Tennis Courts. 

First Round - Wednesday, October 16
Match 1: #6 Saint Joseph (CT) at #3 Regis - 2:00 PM
Match 2: #5 Colby-Sawyer at #4 Simmons - 2:00 PM  

Semifinals - Saturday, October 19 (at Winchester Indoor Tennis Center)
Match 3: #4/5 winner vs. #1 JWU - 2:00 PM
Match 4: #3/6 winner vs. #2 Eastern Nazarene - 4:30 PM

Championship - Sunday, October 20 (at Winchester Indoor Tennis Center)
Match 5: Highest remaining seeds - 12:30 PM

USJ 5-8 (2-5 GNAC) @ Regis 8-2 (5-2 GNAC)

  • Season Meetings: 1 (Regis won at USJ, 8-1, on October 5)
  • Playoff Meetings: 0 (USJ leads all-time regular-season series, 2-1)
  • GNAC Tournament Records: USJ 2-8 (Since 2007), Regis 2-2 (Since joining GNAC in 2017)
  • GNAC Championships: USJ 1 (1999), Regis 0* (Won Five Straight New England Collegiate Conference [NECC] Championships from 2012-16)

Sophomore Carolyn Callahan (USJ) – Finished 7-6 in singles overall and 4-3 in the GNAC, winning her final singles match of the regular season. Expect Callahan to make things difficult on the Pride late in singles competition. She played to a scrappy third-set tiebreaker, but was defeated by junior Ginger Boodakian (Burlington, Mass.), 7-6, 2-6, 10-5 in a USJ loss to RC on October 5. Expect the same back and forth battle should these two match up again.

Sophomore Katelyn Mogelnicki (RC) – Finished a perfect 10-0 in singles competition, including 7-0 in the GNAC. Defeated freshman Elaina Griffiths (Guilford, Conn.) 6-1, 6-4 in an 8-1 overall win over USJ on October 5. There are few singles competitors riding more momentum then Mogelnicki, who has the chance to maintain her perfect record at home on Wednesday.

Domonique Carnot/Emily Kerr (USJ) – Led the Blue Jays with a 6-6 record in doubles, including 5-2 in the GNAC. One of those losses came at the hands of Regis duo Kaitlyn Colby and Lauren Mogelnicki (RC). The Pride held the upper hand on October 5, 8-3. Carnot and Kerr will look for redemption in the first round of the playoffs.

Kaitlyn Colby/Lauren Mogelnicki (RC) – Went a team-best 8-1 in doubles, including 5-1 in the GNAC and 1-0 against USJ. The duo won their last two doubles matches of the regular season, and look to make it three in a row to punch their ticket to the GNAC Semifinals.

The match will be held at the Regis Tennis Courts, on the campus of Regis College, 235 Wellesley St, Weston, MA 02493. Tickets are free.

The Blue Jays are making their ninth GNAC Tournament appearance since 2007 (and third time in four years under head coach Karen Piazza), making the semifinals twice in that span. A win Wednesday would send USJ to the GNAC semis for the first time in two years, while a win for the Pride would make it three straight semifinal appearances (all three years since joining the GNAC, two with head coach Andy White). With playoff pressure in the air, expect both teams to leave it all out on the courts.

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