Feb. 2, 2014
Siena and UAlbany played a spirited match in front of a lively crowd Super Bowl Sunday at the Tri City Tennis Club in Latham, and it was decided by the slimmest of margins. The two teams split the six singles matches, but the Great Danes won two doubles contests to post a 4-3 victory.
"We played with a lot of heart today," Siena head coach Andy Christodoulou said. "Albany is a very good team. Ali (Garrity) and Allysa (Singh) were phenomenal in their singles play. The Siena community came out in big numbers to support us. Members of the field hockey, cross country and men's tennis teams were there pushing us on load and proud. They created a nice spirited atmosphere, and the team and I want to thank them for their support."
Garrity won at top singles in a tiebreaker, and Singh out-lasted Alba Sala 7-5 and 6-4 at No. 3 singles. Cassandra Braz posted a 6-0 and 6-0 shutout at No. 6 singles for Siena's other point. Albany won at No. 2, No. 4 and No. 5 singles.
Albany won the top two doubles flights 6-2 to claim victory. The Saints return to action next Sunday at Sacred Heart.
SC Ali Garrity def. Cheryl Kukkonen (6-3, 4-6 (5))
UA Mireille Hermans def. Mitsuki Fukamachi (6-3 and 6-3)
SC Allysa Singh def. Alba Sala (7-5 and 6-4)
UA Kristen Scott def. Carly Holloway (6-3 and 6-0)
UA Paulina Torres def. Jessica Macaluso (6-2 and 6-1)
SC Cassandra Braz def. Cathryn Crummey (win by default)
UA 1 & 3 def. 2 & 4 (6-2)
UA 4 & 5 def. 1 & 3 (6-2)
Undecided UA 2 and Rocio Lopez tie 5 and Braz (4-4)
New ITA match protocol for Women's matches for the month of February
1. Thirty (30) minutes before official match time - Line-up exchange and coin toss. The team that wins the coin toss serves on 1 and 3 doubles and 1, 3, 5 singles.
2. Doubles play begins at official match time - No warm-up with opponents.
3. In the three doubles matches we follow regular scoring with a twelve point (first to 7 by two) tiebreaker at 6-all (no longer a pro-set).
4. Once doubles point is clinched doubles play stops on the last remaining court regardless of the score on that court.
5. Ten (10) minute break between the end of doubles and beginning of singles.
6. Singles matches are two out of three sets, with each set using regular scoring, and a match tie-breaker in lieu of the third set. This is a super tiebreaker (first to 10 by two).
7. If less than six (6) courts available, five (5) minute warm-up is allowed for singles players in matches 4 through 6.
The main purpose for these changes is to reduce the match time, attract more following, make it more enjoyable for student athletes and fans.