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Women's Tennis Wins Second Straight, Downs Albertus, 6-3

Photo taken by USJ Athletics - April 7, 2021
Photo taken by USJ Athletics - April 7, 2021

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) women's tennis team made it two-for-two this season, edging intrastate rival Albertus Magnus College (AMC), 6-3, on a cool Saturday morning match at the Celentano Tennis Courts.

The Blue Jays played spoiler on Senior Day for the Falcons, who despite receiving a pair of wins at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles from senior Jessica Coughlin (Durham, Conn.), could not handle the depth the Blue Jays had on display.

USJ took the final two doubles matches to go up 2-1 heading into singles. Albertus quickly responded by tying the overall score, 2-2, with the first singles win. It was all USJ from there though, as Saint Joseph won the next four singles matches to close the contest out, including a frantic 7-2 tiebreak win in the second set for freshman Emily Rhee (Meriden, Conn.) in No. 5 Singles. Sophomore Emily Kerr (Portland, Conn.), junior captain Carolyn Callahan (Southington, Conn.) and freshman Ananya Srivatsav (South Windsor, Conn.) also won singles matches for USJ.

USJ 6 | AMC 3

COACH QUOTE [Karen Piazza]
"Some very tough matches out there on [AMC's] Senior Day, but we all came through and fought hard to the end. Great perseverance shown by the Blue Jays today, and once again we continue to improve on our doubles performance."

DOUBLES

  1. Jessica Coughlin/Mariah Mandulak (AMC) defeated Kathleen Gilland/Emily Kerr (USJ), 8-3
  2. Carolyn Callahan/Ananya Srivatsav (USJ) defeated Cassie Couture/Jessica King (AMC), 8-0
  3. Emily Rhee/Julia Michaud (USJ) defeated Nayelli Garcia/Emily Perez (AMC), 8-5

SINGLES

  1. Jessica Coughlin (AMC) defeated Kathleen Gilland (USJ), 6-1, 6-0
  2. Emily Kerr (USJ) defeated Mariah Mandulak (AMC), 6-1, 6-4
  3. Carolyn Callahan (USJ) defeated Cassie Couture (AMC), 6-0, 6-2
  4. Ananya Srivatsav (USJ) defeated Naomi Rose Allen (AMC), 6-4, 7-5
  5. Emily Rhee (USJ) defeated Jessica King (AMC), 6-4, 7-6 (7-2 tie-breaker)
  6. Giana Cagna (Meriden, Conn.) (AMC) defeated Julia Michaud (USJ) by default

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