Women's Tennis Defeat Rain, Hamilton
March 20, 2009
Written By: Ron Kotouch, PBA Sports Information Graduate Assistant
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- For the past week, Sailfish fans have been anticipating the continuation of the Sailfish women’s tennis winning streak. However, unseasonably rainy weather has led to cancellations of the last two scheduled matches for the Fish. Fortunately, for the Sailfish and their fans, the Fish were able squeeze in a match between the rains on Friday afternoon against Hamilton College.
Much to the chagrin of the Continental players, the Sailfish rackets were not rusty after their long layoff, as the Fish handed Hamilton College a dominating 7-2 defeat.
At Gaines Park, the Sailfish rackets came alive early in doubles play, as the dynamic duos of Montse Ripoll/Olga Alekseeva, Lina Rubiano/Natalie Aleman, and Pamela Artigas/Amber Braaten throttled Hamilton opponents to the tune of 8-2 in each match. By outscoring the Continentals by a combined score of 24-6 in doubles play, the Sailfish built a commanding 3-0 lead in the match and flipped up their rear view mirrors.
Building on the momentum of the outstanding doubles performances, the Sailfish rackets continued to simmer in singles play. Sailfish Athlete of the Week, Montse Ripoll continued her hot play and burned another opponent 6-1, 6-2 in the #1 singles match. The other half of the international duo, Olga Alekseeva, follwed suit and won a hard fought 1-6, 6-2, 6-0 over Hamilton’s Ashley Pardoe in the #2 singles match.
In the #5 singles match, Katie Livesay easily defeated Hannah Mattern of Hamilton in straight sets 6-3, 6-3. Amber Braaten followed Livesay in the #6 singles match and continued her solid play with an 8-5 victory over Hamilton’s Hannah Weismen.
For the Continentals of Clinton, New York, their tour of Florida has not been very welcoming. A 9-0 loss to Northwood University on Tuesday and today’s 7-2 loss to the Fish culminates a disappointing trip and will provide a less than stellar trip back to the Empire State.
The Sailfish improve their overall record to 11-6 with the victory and have established a seven match winning streak. The Fish will be back in action tomorrow at home against Rollins College at 11:30 a.m.. Be sure to check www.pbasailfish.com for all of the match details and highlights.
Palm Beach Atlantic University 7, Hamilton College 2
#1- Ripoll/Alekseeva (PBA) defeated Brantley/Pardoe (HC) 8-2
#2- Rubiano/Aleman (PBA) defeated Borany/Mattern (HC) 8-2
#3- Artigas/Braaten (PBA) defeated Greenbeig/Thayer (HC) 8-2
#1- Ripoll (PBA) defeated Brantley (HC) 6-1, 6-2
#2- Alekseeva (PBA) defeated Pardoe (HC) 1-6, 6-2, 6-0
#3- Borany (HC) defeated Aleman (PBA) 7-5, 6-2
#4- Greenberg (HC) defeated Domenech (PBA) 6-4, 4-6, 10-8
#5- Livesay (PBA) defeated Mattern (HC) 6-3, 6-3
#6- Braaten (PBA) defeated Weisman (HC) 8-5