Bendijo and Tierney shine: Lions dominate Muhlenberg

Karisse Bendijo swats the ball. (Tom O'Dell / Photo Editor)

The College’s women’s tennis team almost pulled off a trashing in their 8-1 win over Muhlenberg College, as junior Karisse Bendijo had a big day in her collegiate career in both singles and doubles.

Bendijo and sophomore partner Allison Tierney defeated seniors Danielle Winston and Lindsay Schmidt 8-1. This marks their 38th win together, one shy of moving into the third-place spot for most wins at the College.

“It’s really the communication and the ability to pump each other up even when we’re down that makes us work well together,” Bendijo said. “And as for our number of wins, it’s pretty awesome, honestly. I didn’t even know we were doing that well.”

All three doubles pulled off a successful sweep against the Mules. Sophomores Paige Aiello and Lauren Balsamo pulled off a late win against freshmen Nina Sanders and Emily Szulman 9-7. Emily Petersack and Felice Trinh took down senior Sara Sutker and freshman Lauren Zakheim 8-2.

Bendijo’s day would continue to include milestones, as she beat Sutker 6-4, 6-1, giving her 20 wins this season at first singles. Trinh gave the Lions the go-ahead point over Sanders 6-2, 6-4. Tierney and Balsamo added to the tally with wins over Winston and Schmidt, respectively. Also putting up a strong performance was freshman Alissa Migliore, who defeated Zakheim 6-4, 6-1.

“The season went by so quick,” Trinh said. “I can’t believe it’s almost over, but this does give us the first rounds of spring nationals to look forward to — and hopefully more.”