Newark, NJ – The Sacred Heart women's tennis team was back in action over the weekend competing at the NJIT Invitational in Newark, New Jersey. The invitational had four draws; a main singles and doubles bracket and a consolation bracket for both. The Pioneers put together a strong performance against a field of five which included NEC rival Quinnipiac.
Junior Gabi Kaldan (New Brunswick, NJ) reached the semi-finals of the main singles draw, winning three matches to get there. Kaldan won a marathon match in the quarter-finals, defeating Monika Graff of NJIT 17-15 in a third-set super tiebreaker. She then lost an extremely close match in the semi-finals to Sharissa Ryan of Fairfield University which was also decided in a final tiebreaker. Freshman Paige Olson (Sykesville, MD) also played nicely in the singles bracket, defeating the number one singles player from Saint Peter's, Alex Livingston, 8-4. Another freshman Katie DeRienzo (Douglaston, NY) had an impressive win over Mary Chupa of Quinnipiac, 8-4.
In the doubles draw, Dirienzo and freshman Lindsey Post (Danbury, CT) made it all the way to the finals of the consolation bracket. They defeated the team of McCann/Ream from cross-town rival Fairfield to reach the final. Overall it was a successful weekend for the Pioneers as they keep preparing for the spring season.
The Pioneers will be back on the courts for the New England Championships on October 13 at Providence College.