Siena Blanks Albany 7-0 in Women's Tennis
Oct. 12, 2002
Senior standout Nikki Mayer (Latham, N.Y.) set of the season, but bounced back to defeat Albany's Violetta Petijevic to earn the point at top singles and set the stage for a Siena sweep in a match that was moved inside due to inclement weather. The Saints won all six singles matches and held a 2-1 edge in doubles play to earn the doubles point.
Leading the way were freshmen Denisa Hluchova (Piestany, Slovakia) and Rali Hristova (Sofia, Bulgaria). Hluchova, and Hristova switched positions since their last match with Hluchova moving up the second singles while Hristova dropped to third. Their results were the same, however as they both stayed undefeated, each recording their 6th straight set victory.
Also staying undefeated with her 6th win was Siena's #1, Nikki Mayer (Latham, NY). Mayer, who was pushed to a 3rd set for the first time this year rallied to defeat Albany's Violeta Petijeric, 7-6(8), 2-6, 6-0. Other singles wins were posted by #4 Betsy Brookins (Delmar, NY) 7-6(6), 2-6, 601; #5 Brooke Fisher (Katonah, NY) 6-2, 6-1 and #6 Meghan Slenkamp (Pitman, NJ) 6-3, 6-3.
In doubles action, Mayer and Hluchova overpowered Albany's #1 team 8-3, while the Saint's #3 team of Hristova and Slenkamp had to hold off a furious Albany run from 7-2 to 7-6 before taking the 14th game and the match 8-6. The only loss of the day for the Saints was at #2 doubles as Vicki Dunham (Long Beach, NY) and Brooke Fisher fell behind 6-1, but were able to take the next five games to get the score to 7-6, before Albany came back to take the next game and the match.
"I really didn't feel I was playing my best out there today," said Siena freshman Meghan Slenkamp who fell behind 3-2 in her 1st set. "I didn't feel confident in either my forehand or backhand and my serve was terrible, but I was able to be patient and not try to do too much and slowly it all came back." Slenkamp's patience paid off as she won 10 of the next 13 games for the 6-3, 6-3 straight set win.
"The team showed me something today," Coach Jeff Bloomberg said. "They have the ability to figure out how to win when they're not playing their best. Nikki, Meghan and Betsy all had to struggle a bit but they each hung tough and came away with a victory."
Siena's next match is this Saturday at Binghamton when they'll play both Binghamton and Fordham in a tri-match. The first match against Fordham will begin at noon and be followed by the Binghamton match.