Four Lions make runs at ITA Regionals

The Lions end the fall season on a positive note. (Photo courtesy of the Sports Information Desk)

Over the course of the three-day weekend, the women’s tennis team ventured out to Geneva, N.Y., to close out its phenomenal season in the multi-day ITA Northeast Regional Championship tournament and did not fail to impress in this highly-competitive tournament.

The Lions had four singles players and two duos qualify for the tournament with much success throughout the weekend as the team managed to win games in both brackets. Sophomore Jasmine Muniz-Cadorrete and freshman Katie Buchbinder made it to the round of 16 in the singles bracket, while the team of sophomore Emma Allen and senior Tara Criscuolo made it to the round of 16 in the doubles bracket.

Buchbinder came into the tournament as the number three seed in the bracket and did not fail to live up to expectations. Buchbinder defeated her first two opponents in only two sets: 6-2, 7-5 and 6-3, 6-1.

It was only in the round of 16 where Buchbinder lost her first set by a score of 6-4. After rallying back to take the second set 6-3, her tournament ended with a 6-2 decision.

Muniz-Cadorette made a similar run in the singles bracket, defeating her first two opponents in straight sets: 6-2, 7-5 and 6-3, 6-1.

But Muniz-Cadorette fell short in her round of 16 matchup, dropping her first set 7-6 and seeing her championship hopes end with a 6-1 defeat in the second.

Allen and Criscuolo earned their way into the round of 16 for the doubles bracket with an 8-2 win in their tourament opener and fought tooth-and-nail in a doubles grudge match but fell short of advancing.

After holding strong down the stretch, Allen and Criscuolo were eventually taken over, losing a close match 9-7 in extra games.

The women’s tennis team dominated their division this semester as they always have and closed their season out on a strong note. Much is in store for the future of the team as it enters its break for the year. But one thing is for sure: Come next season, the Lions are going to come out swinging.

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