Women's tennis defeats D'Youville 7-2 for back-to-back wins

The Pitt-Bradford women’s tennis team defeated D’Youville 7-2 on Tuesday night at the Kessel Athletic Complex.

Pitt-Bradford (4-7, 3-5) swept D’Youville in three straight games during doubles play. Emily Fowkes and Shaina Reddinger opened the match with an 8-2 victory over the Spartans. Stephanie Krall and Jamie VanAlstine shut out the visitors in game two, 8-0. Constance Cui and Sara James took game three by a final score of 8-1.

The Panthers were defeated in the first two games of singles play when Fowkes and Reddinger fell 5-2, Ret., and 7-5, 6-3. Krall won the third match 6-1, 6-3 to put Pitt-Bradford up 4-2. VanAlstine shut out her opponent in game four 6-0, 6-0. Cui finished with a 6-2, 6-4 victory, and Thomas won the final game 6-3, 6-1.

"As a team, we anticipated our opponents patterns and habits as to how they reacted to our shots. We were able to cheat a few steps and arrive to the ball sooner. Leading up to preliminaries, we will work on hitting the ball more on the rise and positioning. By establishing our position early in the points and on top of the ball, our opponents will have less time to recover," said head coach Susan Schenfield.

The victory gives Pitt-Bradford its first back-to-back wins of the 2013 season. The Panthers travel to Keuka on Wednesday, Oct. 2, for a 4 p.m. match.