Providence, RI - The Sacred Heart women's tennis team traveled to Providence College over the weekend to compete in the New England Championships. The Pioneers came in third place overall, finishing with 25 points. The Pioneers finished above NEC foe Bryant and in-state rival Fairfield. Providence ended up winning the team competition with 46 points, while UCONN came in second place with 35 points.
Freshman Katie DeRienzo (Douglaston, NY) had the most impressive performance of the weekend for the Pioneers, winning the fourth singles flight. After an easy 6-0, 6-0 victory over Hannah Goldman of Hartford, DeRienzo won two extremely close matches to win the flight. She defeated Lucy Nutting of UCONN in a third set super tiebreaker 6-1, 3-6, 10-8 and then in the final defeated Taylor Corder of Providence in two highly contested sets 6-4, 7-6 (11-9). Freshman Paige Olson (Sykesville, MD) also played well for the Pioneers, reaching the finals of flight three. She defeated Hartford's Colleen Back and UCONN's Jennifer Learmonth on her way to the finals.
On the doubles side of things the Pioneers achieved third place in both the first and second flights. The duo of Junior Gabi Kaldan (New Brunswick, NJ) and Olson came in third place in the first doubles flight, defeating teams from Bryant and Stonehill. Freshman Lindsay Post (Danbury, CT) and DeRienzo finished in third place in the second doubles flight, taking down teams from URI and Bryant.
The Pioneers will be back in action on October 19, in the ITA East Regional Championships to close out the fall season.
1st: PC 46
2nd: UConn 36
3rd: Sacred Heart 25
4th: URI 21
5th: Bryant 16
6th: Stonehill 11
7th: Fairfield 6
8th: Hartford 3