Friday, April 6, 2012

SBU Tennis Dominates La Salle In A-10 Matchups

St. Bonaventure University Athletic News
April 5, 2012
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Playing on the outdoor tennis courts on campus, the St. Bonaventure men's and women's tennis teams swept Atlantic 10 member La Salle in Thursday afternoon matches.

The women picked up their first A-10 win of the season in dominant fashion, 7-0, while the men also claimed their first league triumph and rebounded from a three-loss weekend with a 6-1 victory over the Explorers.

The Bona women cruised to their win as every player won their match in straight sets, highlighted by shutouts from freshman Fatya Amiri and junior Amanda Pallikunnel. Both Amiri, playing at No. 2 singles, and Pallikunnel, playing at No. 4 singles, did not allow their competitor to win a set as they cruised to 6-0, 6-0 victories.

Senior Manuela Marin-Salcedo earned the win at No. 1 singles with a 6-2, 6-2 decision, while also partnering with Amiri at No. 2 doubles for an 8-0 victory – meaning that Amiri did not allow a set win by the Explorers all afternoon.

Pallikunnel and freshman Marissa Brossard teamed up at No. 1 doubles for an 8-4 victory, while Brossard then went on for a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 3 singles. Junior Kathryn Kvas claimed a 6-0, 6-1 win out of the No. 5 slot, while her and sophomore Andrea Pavlovic also earned a doubles point via a La Salle forfeit out of the No. 3 doubles position. Additionally, Pavlovic also claimed a win at No. 6 singles after the Explorers failed to field a player.

The men were nearly equally as dominant as the women en route to just their third win of the season. All five singles victories came in straight sets, led by junior Luis Guevara at No. 2, 6-1, 6-2, and sophomore Javier Ortiz at No. 5, 6-1, 6-1.

Both Guevara and Ortiz also secured doubles victories by combining with junior Oscar Yanez and sophomore Elliot Fanshel, respectively, for wins out of the No. 1 spot, 8-3, and No. 2 slot, 8-5, respectively. Freshmen Miguel Suarez and Trevor Haskell completed the doubles sweep with tiebreaking win, 8-7 (4).

Fanshel claimed a 6,2-,6-1 win by playing out of the No. 3 singles slot, while Suarez got the victory at the No. 4 position, 6-4, 6-2. Haskell completed the Bona singles dominance with a 6-3, 7-5 win.

Both teams will be back in action again this weekend, with the women hitting the courts on Friday at Duquesne in a 2 p.m. start. The women and men will then both host A-10 rival Saint Joseph's on Sunday.

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