Another career milestone: Balsamo achieves 50th win

Sophomore Lauren Balsamo earned her 50th win. (Photo courtesy of Sports Desk)

The Lions played host to Muhlenberg College this weekend at the Lions Fall Tournament and handled their opponents easily, winning 12 out of 14 sets in two days.

The biggest news of the tournament came when sophomore Lauren Balsamo reached the half-century mark in wins, making her the third Lions player that week to reach the coveted career milestone.

“Fifty wins is a great feeling and I am super excited about the upcoming weekend,” Balsamo said.

Balsamo earned four wins in the tournament: one singles victory (4-6, 6-0, 10-6) and three doubles match victories.

Her doubles partner sophomore Paige Aiello also picked up a singles match win (6-2, 6-2).

Sophomore doubles partners Karisse Bendijo and Allison Tierney led all Lions players in weekend victories with five apiece. As well three combined doubles match victories, the pair also won a couple of singles matches.

Freshmen Allison Migliore and Tara Criscuolo each earned two singles wins, while the doubles team of juniors Emily Petersack and Felice Trinh accounted for two more victories. Petersack also picked up a singles win, as did sophomore Laura Turner.

The Lions finished up its regular season schedule undefeated, and will ready itself to enter the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Tournament, commencing in Geneva, N.Y. next Saturday.

“Our team has done really well this fall because everyone consistently works hard on and off the court,” Balsamo said. “Hopefully everyone goes far in the tournament and someone goes to nationals.”