April 13, 2003
The Siena Saints women's tennis team dropped its first MAAC match of the year 5-2 to Niagara Saturday afternoon. With the loss the Saints fall to second place in the MAAC behind the undefeated Purple Eagles. The loss also ended the women's win streak at seven, as they drop to 5-1 in the MAAC and 12-3 overall.
The Saints were down 1-0 after losing all three doubles matches before freshman Denisa Hluchova tied the score at 1-1 with a 6-1, 6-2 win at #4 singles. Siena fell behind again as #1 Nikki Mayer and #2 Rali Hristova were defeated 6-2, 6-2 and 6-2, 6-0 respectively.
The match was still up for grabs however as the Saints numbers 3 and 5, Andrea Disponzio and Betsy Brookins split the first two sets of their matches. However, neither could pull out the third set as Brookins lost the deciding set 6-4 followed by Disponzio's 6-3--giving the Niagara women an insurmountable 4-2 lead. There was some solace for the Siena women as sophomore, Brooke Fisher took the final match at #6 singles 6-2, 6-2.
"Niagara was by far, the toughest team we have faced all year," Siena coach Jeff Bloomberg, said after the match. "They are agile, quick and very smart. We learned a lot about them in this match and hope to use our new knowledge when we meet them at the MAAC Championships in two weeks."
The women finish up their trip to western New York on Sunday afternoon when they take on the Canisius Griffins. Match time is scheduled for 2PM.
1. Milena Matijevic(N) def Nikki Mayer 6-2, 6-2
2. Mariam Al-Shikanchy(N) def Rali Hristova 6-2, 6-0
3. Danielle Grenier(N) def Andrea Disponzio 6-7, 7-5, 6-3
4. Denisa Hluchova(S) def Colleen Willick 6-1, 6-2
5. Colleen Carey(N) def Betsy Brookins 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
6. Brooke Fisher(S) def Kenona Daiglen 6-2, 6-2
1. Al-Shikanchy/Grenier(N) def Mayer/Hluchova 8-5
2. Matijevic/Willick(N) def Disponzio/Fisher 8-3
3. Carey/Daiglen(N) def Hristova/Meghan Slenkamp 8-4