Salve Regina wins 8-1 at Eastern Nazarene

Nichol Stevens '12 improved to 5-4 on the season at first singles with a 6-0,6-1 decision on Monday.

QUINCY, Mass. - Elizabeth DiFilippo (West Chester, Pa.) and Karlee Walther (Natick, Mass.) both contributed two points apiece as Salve Regina University women's tennis defeated Eastern Nazarene College, 8-1, in a Commonwealth Coast Conference match that had been previously postponed twice.

The Seahawks swept the doubles action with Walther and Shannon O'Brien (Gorham, Maine) reaching an 8-1 decision at second doubles just before Annie Mallin (Fairfield, Conn.) and Erica Shay (Concord, Mass.) won 8-2 at third doubles.

DiFilippo paired with Meg Olson (Colchester, Vt.) for an 8-5 victory at first doubles. The freshman tandem had been tied at 5-5 before winning the final three games.

Salve Regina sophomore Elizabeth Liguori (Westerly, R.I.) had earned a 6-1,6-2 victory at fifth singles before the final doubles decision. Senior co-captain Nichol Stevens (Chester, Conn.) clinched the team decision with a straight-set victory at first singles.

Lions sophomore Ju Ju Atwater (Weymouth, Mass.) earned the only Eastern Nazarene victory with a 6-4,6-1 win against Olson at sixth singles.

Walther put Salve Regina up 6-1 with her win at fourth singles and was followed by sophomore co-captain Ana Gwozdz (Taunton, Mass.) winning at third singles. DiFilippo had dropped her first set before rallying in the second to win five of the last six games. The lefty then won the last four points in her 10-point tiebreak to win the third set.

Eastern Nazarene (2-7; 0-6 CCC) hosts UMass Boston on Wednesday while Salve Regina (6-3; 4-3 CCC) travels to UMass Dartmouth on Thursday. The Seahawks host their final regular season match on Friday against Western New England. That meeting was postponed from last Saturday.

Tennis Match Results
Salve Regina vs Eastern Nazarene
10/03/11 at Quincy, Mass.

Salve Regina 8, Eastern Nazarene 1

 Singles competition
1. Nichol Stevens (SRU) def. Elise Sleeper (ENC) 6-0, 6-1
2. Elizabeth DiFilippo (SRU) def. Sharon Lemire (ENC) 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-8)
3. Ana Gwozdz (SRU) def. Samantha Jones (ENC) 6-0, 6-3
4. Karlee Walther (SRU) def. Alison Cornell (ENC) 6-1, 6-1
5. Elizabeth Liguori (SRU) def. Monica Gonzales (ENC) 6-1, 6-2
6. Ju Ju Atwater (ENC) def. Meg Olson (SRU) 6-4, 6-1

 Doubles competition
1. Elizabeth DiFilippo/Meg Olson (SRU) def. Sharon Lemire/Elise Sleeper (ENC) 8-5
2. Shannon O'Brien/Karlee Walther (SRU) def. Alison Cornell/Samantha Jones (ENC) 8-1
3. Annie Mallin/Erica Shay (SRU) def. Ju Ju Atwater/Cara Nelson (ENC) 8-2

Match Notes:
Salve Regina 6-3; 4-3 CCC
Eastern Nazarene 2-8; 0-7 CCC
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,1,6,4,3,2)
Official: Don Cortese  T-2:56  A-12