Stamford, Conn.- UAlbany tennis put up a fight against Fairfield only to fall short, 4-3, on Saturday, March 3 at Connecticut Raquet Club. The Great Danes fall to 6-4 overall on the season and will continue the spring 2012 schedule against Army on Thursday, March 8 at Sportime Tennis Club in Schnectady, N.Y.
UAlbany opened up the match by winning the doubles point from its No. 1 and No. 2 tandems of Rocio Lopez Alberca/Livia Gherman and Kirsten Scott/Cheryl Kukkonen. The No. 3 partners of Aubrey Brooks/Sarah Iannone did not play with the Club only having two courts open.
The Great Danes would then continue in the singles match to quickly go up, 3-1, with wins from No. 6 Sarah Iannone and No. 3 Livia Gherman. But UAlbany would drop both the No. 2 and No. 4 singles to let Fairfield back in it, 3-3.
The match came down to No. 5 singles Aubrey Brooks, who currently is tied with the most victories at seven on the season, to face off against Fairfield's Tori Pirrello. Brooks lost the first set, 7-5, but would win the next set, 7-6 (4). In the final set, Brooks would take Pirrello as far as she could in the tiebreaking set but would fall, 11-9.
FAIRFIELD 4, UALBANY 3
1. Lopez-Gherman (UA) def. YaJima -Ryan (F) 8-5*
2. Scott-Kukkonen (UA) def. Pirrello-Radde (F) 8-4
3. Iannone-Brooks (UA) v. Koladzy-Samson (F) DNP
Order of finish: 2,1
*Doubles point clincher
1. Monica YaJima (F) def. Rocio Lopez (UA) 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (9)
2. Sharissa Ryan (F) def. Kirsten Scott (UA) 7-6(3), 6-2
3. Livia Gherman (UA) def. Carolina Koladzy (F) 6-2, 7-6(5)
4. Allison Radde (F) def. Cheryl Kukkonen (UA) 7-6(4), 6-3
5. Tori Pirrello (F) def. Aubrey Brooks (UA) 7-5, 6-7(4), 1-0(9)$
6. Sarah Iannone (UA) def. Emma Samson (F) 6-2,6-2
Order of finish: 6,1,3,4,2,5.
UALBANY RECORDS: 6-4 (overall); 0-2 (AmericaEast)