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Blue Jays Battle, Bested By Rams, 9-0

Blue Jays Battle, Bested By Rams, 9-0

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) women's tennis team took a 9-0 setback to Suffolk University (SU), in its home opener Saturday afternoon at the Elizabeth Ferry Speer Tennis Complex. 

Prior to the match, both teams honored the 20th anniversary of 9/11 with a 20-second moment of silence. Flags were also set to half-mast, as the University of Saint Joseph, its administration, student-athletes and educators vow to never forget.

While the Blue Jays were unable to win the match, they would not go down without a fight, leaving it all on the courts on a sun-filled Saturday, as junior Elaina Griffiths (Guilford, Conn.) and sophomore Ananya Srivatsav (South Windsor, Conn.) played to tiebreakers in No. 3 and No. 4 singles respectively. Griffiths hung in there more than three hours after the matches had started, holding on in every volley, but eventually fell 10-8 in the tiebreaker to senior Kendall Smith (Stuttgart, Germany), as coaches from both sides congratulated the players on a thrilling contest. USJ will look to bring that same fight back to the complex when they host Western Connecticut Monday, September 13 at 4:00 p.m.

SU 9 | USJ 0

COACH QUOTE [Karen Piazza] "Everybody really fought hard today. We played a tough match [Friday], and had some that could've went either way today. It's important to keep your energy up and really go for the ball [on the second of a back-to-back], sometimes you can get tired, and I just had to tell them to hang in there a little bit longer. Elaina [Griffiths] had a lot of fight and a lot of drive. She really put it all out there on the court."

DOUBLES

  1. Sarah Mezini/Ilda Ascic (SU) def. Emily Kerr/Elaina Griffiths (USJ), 8-2
  2. Kendall Smith/Barbara Consales (SU) def. Kathleen Gilland/Ananya Srivatsav (USJ), 8-4
  3. Dyani Mosquera/Alyssa Blade (SU) def. Julia Michaud/Jenna Griffith (USJ), 8-3

SINGLES

  1. Sarah Mezini (SU) def. Emily Kerr (USJ), 6-0, 6-1
  2. Ilda Ascic (SU) def. Kathleen Gilland (USJ), 6-3, 6-3
  3. Kendall Smith (SU) def. Elaina Griffiths (USJ), 6-3, 7-6 (10-8 tiebreaker)
  4. Barbara Consales (SU) def. Ananya Srivatsav (USJ), 4-6, 6-0, 1-0 (10-7 tiebreaker)
  5. Giuliana Claus (SU) def. Julia Michaud (USJ), 6-0, 6-0
  6. Bianca Prescott (SU) def. Maria Porth (USJ) 6-2, 6-0

UP NEXT
The Blue Jays will be back in action at home again on Monday, September 13, going head to head in an in-state match with Western Connecticut State. First serve is set for 4:00 p.m. at the Elizabeth Ferry Speer Tennis Complex. 

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