Women's Tennis Clinches MAAC Berth

April 21, 2012

JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Loyola University Maryland's women's tennis team won the doubles point and four of six singles matches to beat Saint Peter's College, 5-2, and clinch the No. 3 seed in next weekend's Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships.

The Greyhounds will play second-seeded Marist College at 12 noon on Saturday, April 28, in West Windsor, N.J.

Loyola's men, however, lost 4-3 to Saint Peter's, and the Peacocks claimed the final spot in the MAAC Championships, eliminating the Greyhounds from contention.

Rachel Janasek and Sabrina Fedele teamed to beat Alex Livingston and Adina Halagian, 8-6, in No. 1 doubles, and Tiffany Ash and Jackie Lionetta got by Joniesa Williams and Vanessa Vogel by the same score at No. 3 doubles.

The Greyhounds then won the No. 3-6 flights of singles action to secure their spot in the MAAC Championships.

Fedele came back from a 6-0 defeat in the first set against Jemila Brady to defeat the Peahens' No. 3 player, 6-1, 7-6 (7). Ash, Judy Lite and Jackie Lionetta were then straight-sets winners over their competition.

Ash defeated Williams, 6-4, 6-1, at No. 4 singles, and Lite was a 6-0, 6-2 victor against Ivana Grbelja, and Lionetta topped Jessica Nowogrodzki, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 5 and 6, respectively.

Livingston defeated Janasek, 6-1, 7-5, at No. 1 singles, and Halagian beat Hoy, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 2.

On the men's side, Saint Peter's swept the doubles action as Alex Frakes and Sebastian Barbero topped Pierce Norton and Kevin Zingler, 8-5, at No. 1, and Charlie Carrera and Luccas Countinho got by Keyan Sanai and Bobby Gorczakowski, 8-4. Fabian Valdiviezo and Nicholas Lina beat Patrick Glaessner and Connor Lisco, 8-3, at No. 3 doubles.

Sanai was a 6-1, 6-3 winner over Frakes at No. 1 singles, and Gorczakowski defeated Coutinho, 7-6 (5), 6-3 in the No. 4 position.

Saint Peter's, however, got wins from Barbaro, 6-4, 6-3, over Norton at No. 2, and Carrera, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3, over Zingler at No. 3.

Lisco rallied after losing the opening set 7-6 (5) to Valdiviezo, winning the final two frames, 6-3, 6-0.

The match came down to the No. 6 singles match where Loyola's Harrison Kunkel had beaten Lina, 7-6 (5) in the first set, but Lina rallied to win the second, 7-5. In the third set, Kunkel fought off three match points and had one of his own, but Lina eventually prevailed, 7-6 (5).