2015-16 Sacred Heart Women's Tennis News

July 27, 2016
SHU Tennis Recognized by ITA for Work in the Classroom

June 21, 2016
DeRienzo Caps Career With NEC Scholar-Athlete Of The Year Award
SHU alumna graduated with school record 130 victories

June 8, 2016
SHU Selected to Host 2016 ITA Summer Circuit Qualifying Tournament
With head men’s tennis coach Paul Gagliardi as the Tournament Director, SHU will host a qualifying tournament from July 8-10 on the Pioneer Tennis Courts

June 2, 2016
SHU Captures NEC Brenda Weare Commissioner's Cup For Sixth Time
HU also captured its ninth Joan Martin Commissioner’s Cup for excellence in women’s sports

May 13, 2016
Pioneers Celebrate Class Of 2016
Sean Ferguson of the cross country/track & field team and Katie DeRienzo of the women’s tennis team received the top honors of the Pioneer Award and are the Pioneers’ nominees for the Northeast Conference Student-Athlete of the Year award.

May 9, 2016
DeRienzo Named ITA’s Most Improved Senior in Northeast Region
DeRienzo has been a staple in the SHU women's tennis program over the last four years, winning at least 16 singles matches 30 overall matches in each of her four seasons.

May 4, 2016
Four Pioneers Earn All-NEC Accolades
On the women’s side, Katie DeRienzo, Olivia Podsibierski, and Claudia Ruiz were each honored, while Derek Chapman was SHU’s lone male representative.

April 23, 2016
Women’s Tennis’ Season Ends in NEC Semifinals
Claudia Ruiz earned Sacred Heart’s lone point and went a perfect 2-0 as the third seeded Pioneers end their campaign at an even .500, 10-10. SHU’s ten victories are its most since the 2011 campaign and the semifinal appearance is the first since 2013.

April 22, 2016
Women's Tennis Cruises into NEC Semifinals
The Pioneers advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2013, where they will face second seeded Fairleigh Dickinson.

April 19, 2016
DeRienzo Ends Regular Season with One Final NEC Player of the Week Honor
The fourth NEC Player of the Week honor of her career, the senior has also been selected as the Player of the Month on three occasions and the Rookie of the Week once throughout her career.

April 18, 2016
Seeding and Schedule Announced for 2016 NEC Championships
Both the Sacred Heart women and men have earned top four seeds.

April 17, 2016
Pioneers End Regular Season with Second Straight 5-2 Setback
Finishing the regular season 9-9 overall and 2-2 in the league, the Pioneers will now turn their attention to the 2016 NEC Championships hosted at the Mercer Country Tennis Center in West Windsor, N.J. next weekend.

April 16, 2016
DeRienzo Defeats Defending NEC Player of the Year in Loss at Bryant
Katie DeRienzo defeated the reigning Northeast Conference Player of the Year, and was part of one of the two doubles teams to help Sacred Heart secure the doubles point.

April 13, 2016
Six Pioneer Programs Earn NCAA Public Recognition Awards
SHU baseball, men's track and field, women's basketball, women's cross country, women's lacrosse and women's tennis teams were recognized

April 12, 2016
SHU Tennis Wins Pair of NEC Weekly Awards
Brian Power was named the NEC Men’s Tennis Player of the Week for the first time in his career, while Olivia Podsiebierski was honored for the second time this season as NEC Women’s Rookie of the Week.

April 11, 2016
Second Straight Sweep Gives SHU Fourth Straight Win
After taking two of the three doubles matches, SHU did not drop a set in singles play, as the Pioneers move to 9-7 with the sweep of cross-town rival Fairfield.

April 8, 2016
Pioneers Stay Perfect in NEC Play with Sweep of Wagner
SHU did not drop a set en route to moving over .500 at 8-7.

March 31, 2016
Sacred Heart Cruises to Win For Second Straight Day
The Sacred Heart women’s tennis team cruised to a victory for a second consecutive day, defeating Rhode Island 6-1 on Thursday afternoon at the Pioneer Tennis Courts for its fourth win in five matches to move to .500 at 7-7.

March 30, 2016
Pioneers Take Conference Opener 5-2 Over LIU Brooklyn
SHU Knocked off LIU Brooklyn, who was selected second in the NEC Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The Pioneers have won three of four to move one game under .500 at 6-7.

March 28, 2016
Women's Tennis Match Postponed For Second Time
Due to impending inclement weather, Tuesday’s women's tennis match against LIU Brooklyn has been postponed for a second time. Schedule to play begin at 1 pm at the Pioneer Tennis Courts on Tuesday, the two teams will now play Wednesday, March 29 at 3 pm. Be sure to check SacredHeartPioneers.com for further updates.

March 24, 2016
Sacred Heart Drops Spring Home Opener to Siena
Sacred Heart took the doubles point but three three-set losses were the difference.

March 22, 2016
Podsiebierski Wins Second NEC Honor in Four Weeks
Three weeks after receiving Northeast Conference Rookie of the Month honors, Olivia Podsiebierski has been named the NEC Rookie of the Week it was announced on Tuesday.

March 18, 2016
Three Setters Help SHU Knock Off Providence
Two three set victories were the difference as the Sacred Heart women’s tennis team knocked off Big East foe Providence on Friday night for its second consecutive win.

March 10, 2016
SHU Ends Trip with Dominant Performance Against Minnesota State
The Pioneers did not drop a set.

March 7, 2016
Sacred Heart Swept 4-0 by East Carolina
The Pirates won the doubles point before winning the first three singles matches to finish, therefore clinching the sweep of SHU, who is now 3-6 this season.

March 6, 2016
Sacred Heart Comes up Just Short in Loss to Valpo
Sacred Heart had four match points at second doubles to clinch its third straight win.

March 3, 2016
DeRienzo & Podsiebierski Give SHU Sweep of NEC's Monthly Awards
After ending fall with the first one of her career, DeRienzo claims her second consecutive NEC Player of the Month nod, while Podsiebierski’s Rookie of the Month award is the first of her career.

February 20, 2016
Sacred Heart Picks up Second Straight Win with Sweep of Hartford
The Pioneers were one doubles match shy of winning all ten en route to improving to 3-4.

February 17, 2016
Sacred Heart Women Fifth in NEC Preseason Poll; Men Sixth
The Northeast Conference unveiled the Preseason Coaches’ Poll for both men’s and women’s tennis on Wednesday. The Sacred Heart men were tabbed sixth, while the women were selected fifth. Bryant was voted the unanimous favorite in both polls.

February 14, 2016
Sacred Heart Rolls Past Colgate, 6-1
The Pioneers rolled past the Raiders 6-1 on Sunday afternoon at Yale, winning its first match of the spring to improve to 2-4.

February 13, 2016
Sacred Heart Blanked by Drexel
SHU’s best opportunities for a victory came at second and third doubles, where the Pioneers dropped 6-4 decisions. Katie DeRienzo teamed with Taylor Gurda at second doubles, while Olivia Podsiebierski and Claudia Ruiz were paired at third. Podsiebierski also won the most games in a singles match, losing 6-4, 6-3, at fourth singles.

January 30, 2016
SHU Drops Thriller to Army; Loses to Binghamton
Katie DeRienzo won three of her four matches as the Sacred Heart women’s tennis team dropped its first two duals of the spring season over the weekend.

January 11, 2016
Spring Portion of Women's Tennis Schedule Revelaed
Beginning play on January 29, highlights of the schedule include a spring break trip to Puerto Rico and four regular season Northeast Conference matches before the conference tournament begins on April 22.

November 6, 2015
Chapman and DeRienzo Honored by ECAC
Katie DeRienzo was named the Corvias ECAC Women’s Tennis Player of the Month, while Derek Chapman was chosen as the Men’s Tennis Rookie of the Month.

October 28, 2015
Milestone Victory Helps DeRienzo to NEC Player of the Month Award
She has previously been selected as NEC Player of the Week four times, as well as Rookie of the Week once.

October 24, 2015
DeRienzo Wins 100th Career Match at ITA's
The milestone victory came with doubles partner Lindsey Post, as the two knocked off a pair from Saint Francis U, 8-6, in the opening round of the tournament. Later in the day she made it 101 career wins, defeating Paulina Torres of Albany, 6-2, 7-6 (2) in the first round of singles play.

October 7, 2015
DeRienzo and Podsiebierski Win in 5-2 Setback to Quinnipiac
The two both improved to 2-0.

September 29, 2015
Sacred Heart Opens Dual Season With Sweep of Monmouth
SHU did not drop a set en route to winning all nine matches.

September 27, 2015
Gurda and Podsiebierski Advance to Semifinals at Army Invite
After sweeping a pair from Saint Peter’s in the opening round on Friday, Gurda and Podsiebierski had to storm back from a 5-2 deficit, including a pair of match points, to defeat the Cornell University team of Allegra Hanlon and Maniko Iinuma, 7-5, in the round of 16. The tandem picked up their third win of the weekend in Saturday’s quarterfinals, defeating Army, 6-4,

September 20, 2015
Doubles Find Success at Quinnipiac Invitational
Three of Sacred Heart’s four doubles teams won first round matches

September 12, 2015
Olson and Podsiebierki Take Flight C in Season Opening SHU Doubles Invitational
enior Paige Olson and freshman Olivia Podsiebierski, competing in her first collegiate action, teamed to win the C Flight of the SHU Doubles Invitational at the Pioneer Tennis Courts on Saturday.

August 26, 2015
SHU Women’s Tennis Fall Schedule Released
It was revealed that the first action on the newly refurbished Pioneer Tennis Courts will take place on Saturday, September 12 with the annual SHU Doubles Invitational at 9 a.m.