UAlbany Narrowly Drops Match to Sacred Heart 

Photo: Sarah Iannone (above) won both her matches on Wednesday against Sacred Heart.


LATHAM, N.Y. --  The University at Albany women’s tennis team dropped a close match to Sacred Heart on Wednesday, March 13. They were defeated 4-3. Senior Sarah Iannone won both her singles and doubles matches while the duo of junior Rocio Lopez and sophomore Kirsten Scott won their fourth doubles match in a row.

The match was played in reverse order due to court availability, with singles going first, followed by doubles. Freshman Cat Crummey extended her singles win streak to three with a three-set, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4, victory at No. 4 singles over Sacred Heart’s Paige Olson. Iannone also defeated Lindsey Post at the No. 5 singles spot, 6-4, 6-4.

Elsewhere in singles, Lopez and Scott took early leads in their respective matches. The Pioneers (4-4, 0-2 MAAC) would come back however, earning key wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 singles spots. The match was clinched by Katie DeRienzo, who defeated Scott, 1-6, 6-1, 6-3.

In doubles play UAlbany's Lopez and Scott defeated Gabi Kaldan and Olson, 8-1. The Great Danes No. 1 doubles team have now won a combined 24-2 in their last three matches. Iannone and sophomore co-captain Fran White also recorded a win at the No. 3 doubles spot, 8-5.

"This was a tough loss and a winnable match,” said head coach Gordon Graham. “We will take a lesson from this and get better in practice, coach smarter, and compete tougher next time." 

UAlbany (5-6, 1-0 AE) will next focus on a trip to South Carolina where they play three teams in 10 days. These included nationally-ranked College of Charleston, Presbyterian and Costal Carolina. The trip will run from March 18-23. 


UAlbany  3, Sacred Heart  4 (Tri-City Fitness, March 13) 

1. Gabi Kaldan (SH) def. Rocio Lopez (UA) 6-3,6-4
2. Katie DeRienzo (SH) def. Kirsten Scott (UA) 1-6,6-1,6-3 $
3. Nicole Rydzewski (SH) def. Mireille Hermans (UA) 6-3,6-4
4. Cat Crummey (UA) def. Paige Olson (SH) 6-1,3-6,6-4
5. Sarah Iannone (UA) def. Lindsey Post (SH) 6-4,6-4
6. Alyssa Migliorini (SH) def. Fran White (UA) 6-0,6-1
Order of finish: 6,1,3,5,4,2
$=Clinched match for Sacred Heart

1. Lopez-Scott (UA) def. Kaldan-Olson (SH) 8-1
2. DeRienzo-Post (SH) def. Crummey-Hermans (UA) 8-5
3. Iannone-White (UA) def. Rydzewski-Migliorini (SH) 8-5**
Order of finish: 1,3,2
**Clinched doubles point for UAlbany




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