Women's Tennis Captures Two Flight Championships At Bucknell Invitational

Sept. 23, 2008

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LEWISBURG, Pa. - The Loyola women's tennis team completed a successful weekend of competition at the Bucknell Invitational by winning two of the five flight championships.

"We had a very good weekend of competition with great weather and a lot of excellent matches," Head Coach Rick McClure said. "Against some great competition, we played well and had the chance to win big points. We did that, and then we converted it into match wins."

Freshman Liz Black won the Flight "C" Singles bracket, and sophomore Lane Maloney and freshman Jackie Lionetta teamed to bring back the Flight "B" Doubles title.

Black did not lose a set in her four matches en route to the singles title. She defeated Villanova's Natasha Stone (6-4, 6-3), Mount St. Mary's Lauren Clark (6-4, 6-1) and Villanova's Kate Monari (6-1, 6-1) in her first three matches. Black then defeated another Villanova player, Michelle Jordan (6-3, 6-2) in the championship match.

Loyola also claimed the winner in the consolation final of the "C" Flight. After losing to Jordan (6-1, 6-0) in her first match, freshman Rachel Bergeron went on to defeat The Mount's Alissa Thayer (6-3, 6-2) and Bucknell's Kirstyn Sotak (6-2, 6-2) to win the consolation bracket.

In the Flight "B" Doubles bracket, Maloney and Lionetta defeated Camille Simonetti and Liz Larkin of Bucknell (8-3) in their first match, then topped Villanova's Jordan and Monari (9-8) in their second. The Greyhounds duo completed their run through the flight with an 8-2 victory over Villanova's Elizabeth Spelman and Lyndsey Lostritto in the final.

The Greyhounds once again won the consolation final in the "B" Flight, as well. Bergeron and Black were narrowly defeated, 9-7, by Jordan and Monari in their first match. They bounced back to top Bucknell's Larkin and Simonetti, 8-3 in the consolation semifinals and Bucknell's Tiff Card and Sotak, 8-1, in the final.

In the Flight "A" Singles bracket, Loyola had a player advance to the semifinals for the first time in the Greyhounds' competition at the Bucknell Invitational. Freshman Rachel Janasek defeated Dara Dwojewski, 4-6, 6-2 (12-10), in the quarterfinals to move on. She then battled Bucknell's Paulina Gamboa to a super-tiebreaker, which Gamboa won, 1-6, 6-3 (10-4).

In Flight "B" Singles action, Maloney lost to Villanova's Kristen Goldberg in the consolation final, 3-6, 6-3 (10-5). She defeated her teammate, freshman Dana Verona, 7-5, 6-2, in the consolation semifinals.

After winning her first match in the bracket, 6-2, 6-4, over Villanova's Goldberg, freshman Judy Lite finished by finishing sixth in the flight.

The Greyhound women continue invitational competition this weekend, September 26-28, at the Eastern Collegiates in West Point, N.Y. Loyola's men open their schedule on Saturday in Towson, Md., at the Goucher Tournament.