The University of Rhode Island women’s tennis hosted Army at the URI Tennis Complex in what was the last home match for seniors Ariel Haber and Nicole Legler. Army went on to win the match 5-2.
Army started the match with a win thanks to the Black Knight first doubles duo of Einck/DiMaio, who beat Codreanu/E. Chratian in a tough match, 6-4. The second doubles duo of Boubel/Inchauste (A) made quick work of Loredo/Higuchi, 6-1. Army got its arm raised again as the third doubles tandem of Dolehide/Pidgeon made quick work of Davis/S. Chratian; 6-2.
Army dug a pretty deep hole for URI as they swept the Rams in doubles. URI managed to get on the board with a win thanks to a Tiara Higuchi win at second singles. She defeated Stephanie Dolehide 6-4, 6-4. This win marked a team leading 10th singles win of the season.
URI won another point thanks to a win from Halah Davis at fourth singles in a back-and-forth, three set victory. Davis took care of business in the first set winning 6-3, but not before Sam Dimaio came back and tie things up, winning the next set, 6-2. Davis took care of business in a dominant fashion as she won the third set without loosing a point.
Unfortunately, this was not enough for a Ram victory as the Army Black Knights took the remaining singles matches, all of which were decided in straight sets. Kirby Einck of Army pulled out a tough win over URI’s Erin Chratian; 6-4, 6-4.
Army won another close match from Hannah Boubel, Army, over Paulina Loredo; 6-4, 7-6. Sasha Inchauste (A) made quick work of freshman fifth singles star Sydney Chratian; 6-1, 6-0. MaryJo Pidgeon would pick of the last win for Army as she won two identical sets over Ariel Haber; 6-3, 6-3.
It’s been a tough last couple of weeks for the URI Rams, from loosing their coach after building some momentum, to finding a temporary coach with a few weeks left in the season to build new chemistry with, and to losing a few tough matches. Like any sport, a team will experience a few bumps in the road. But like anything, it’s all about adaptability in tough times to transition to positive outcomes. In due time the Rams will shake off these last couple of losses and convert them to wins.Next on Rhode Island’s schedule is an away match against Fordham Sunday, April 14.