WOMEN'S TENNIS

Tennis works as team

With players in seven of 12 semifinal matches, Engineers were one of toughest teams to beat

The Rensselaer women’s tennis team had five singles players and two doubles teams compete in the semifinals at the Mary Hosking Invitational on Saturday.

On the first day of the tournament hosted by William Smith College, RPI athletes began the 2016–2017 season with a 13–5 record in singles and 6–4 record in doubles. Freshman Allie Kallish advanced to the A flight semifinals by defeating both Anika Pornpitaksuk of the State University of New York at Geneseo with a score of 8–2 and Hannah More of William Smith College with a score of 8–6.

In the B Flight, sophomore Erica Frommer won her matches 8–3 and 8–5 to advance to the semifinals, while junior Melanie Frank swept her first two sets 8–0. Senior Pooja Ganesh advanced in the C flight with scores of 8–5 and 8–6. In the D flight, sophomore Makenzi Herbst won both her sets with scores of 8–2 and 8–3. Freshman Jenny Lee won her first set 9–7 after an incredible catch-up from a score of 1–5, yet she lost in the quarterfinals 8–1.

In doubles, the team of Kallish and Frank advanced to the A flight semifinals with scores of 8–6 and 8–4. The team of senior Angelika Rothberg and Jenny Lee advanced in the B flight with scores of 8–4 and 8–3.

On Sunday, the RPI women’s team saw one singles player and a doubles team advance to the finals. However, both were defeated in the closing round of the tournament.

In the C Flight Singles Semifinals, Pooja Ganesh claimed victory over Katherine Apt of Saint Laurence in a tough match resulting in a 9–8 score. She then lost in the finals to Rachel Ollis of SUNY Geneseo with a score of 8–6. Allie Kallish lost in the A Flight Semi-finals 8–5 while Melanie Frank and Erica Frommer lost 8–3 and 9–7, respectively, in the B semifinals.

The doubles team of Kallish and Frank claimed victory in the semifinals over a doubles team from Ithaca College 9–7. They were then defeated 9–7 in the finals by the doubles team of Michaelann Denton and Hannah More of William Smith College. Lee and Rothberg were defeated 7–1 in the B flight semifinals. Herbst was defeated in the D semifinals with a score of 8–6.

Head Coach Caitlin Crowley expressed her optimism about the team following the matches. “We had some very promising results as a team. With players in seven of 12 semifinal matches this weekend, we were one of the toughest teams in the tournament. I think our depth will be a strength after seeing our results. Overall a very solid start to a competitive season.”

The RPI women’s tennis team will have their first home tennis match of the season this Saturday at 1 pm on Sharp Courts against the State University of New York at New Paltz.