Oct. 22, 2011
The Siena women's tennis team dropped its first match of the season on its final day of fall competition Saturday afternoon. Bryant edged the Saints by the slimmest of margins, 4-3, taking the critical doubles point after the two teams split the six singles matches.
Jasleen Sandhu posted a dominant 6-1 and 6-0 victory over Claudia Hidalgo at top singles, while Brittany Filip and Cassie Braz won at No. 3 and No. 6 singles respectively for the Saints.
Bryant swept the three doubles matches, but each was extremely close. Hidalgo teamed with Lucy Bird for a 9-7 win over Sandhu and Nicole Ross at top doubles, and Devlin Ammendola and Kate McCabe rebounded from singles losses to win 9-8 (7-3 in a tienbreaker) over Filip and Elora Benfer at No. 3 doubles.
"I'm very proud of the team today," head coach Andy Christodolou said. "They all played with controlled intensity, and they were projecting a winning attitude throughout, regardless the score. With just a little luck we could have won the entire thingin singles."
The final singles match was a 7-5, 4-6 and 10-7 win for Marcela Brandao over Carly Holloway at No. 2.
"Carly played her heart out to a tough loss," Christodolou said.
Jasleen Sandhu def. Claudia Hidalgo 6-1, 6-0
Marcela Brandao def. Carly Halloway 7-5, 4-6, 10-7
Brittany Filip def. Devlin Ammendola 6-2, 6-4
Lucy Bird def. Jessica Macaluso 6-4, 6-0
Stephany Smyers def. Danielle Crill 6-1, 6-2
Cassie Braz def. Kate McCabe 6-3, 6-1
Hidalgo / Birddef. Sandhu / Ross 9-7
Brandao / Smyers def. Halloway / Macaluso 8-5
Ammendola / McCabe def. Filip / Benfer 9-8 (Tie-breaker 7-3)