Women's Tennis Defeats Rhode Island 4-3 to Advance to A-10 Quarterfinals
April 19, 2012
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Judy Li's 7-6 (7), 6-4 victory at #3 singles was the deciding match as the Duquesne women's tennis team advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2012 Atlantic 10 Women's Tennis Championship after a 4-3 victory over Rhode Island on Thursday afternoon.
The match started out with the doubles team of Vanessa Steiner and Paul Gruber taking an 8-4 win over Kathleen Uy and Nithila Asokaraj. However Rhode Island would go on to win the #1 and #3 doubles matches to capture the opening point.
Steiner made quick work of Pam Emery at #1 singles, 6-0, 6-1 to tie the contest at 1-1. The Rams took a 3-1 lead after winning #2 singles and #5 singles. Unlike regular season play, an Atlantic 10 Championship match ends when a team reaches four points.
In order to advance, DUQ needed to win singles matches at the #3, #4 and #6 spots. Tara Majdalani was a straight set winner at #6 over Karolina Wojciak 6-1, 7-6 (5) to get Duquesne within one of URI.
After splitting the first two sets, Chandler Consonery won the third set at #4 over Uy 6-3 to tie the match at 3-3.
The outcome would be determined by #3 singles - Li against Tristany Leikem. Li won the first set 7-6. With the second set tied at 3-3, Li went on to capture three of the next four game to win the set 6-4 and give the Dukes the match 4-3.
"We really fought hard today, "said head coach Joe Camillo. "Vanessa played fantastic at both at the one and at doubles. Chandler and Judy really stepped up, but it was Judy who won it for us."
The Dukes (13-8) will play #1 seed Massachusetts Friday at 10a.m.