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October 18, 2003

 

Rhode Island Collegeís Womenís Tennis Captures Little East Conference Championship

 

Providence, RIóThe Rhode Island College womenís tennis team captured the 2003 Little East Conference Championship, hosted by Plymouth State College on Oct. 17-18. Head Coach Kelly Langeís team won the tournament with 20.0 points. Southern Maine finished second (16.0), Western Connecticut third (9.0), Plymouth State fourth (8.0), UMass-Dartmouth fifth (6.5) and UMass-Boston sixth (3.0).

 

It is the fifth Little East title for the Anchorwomen, the first for Lange, and RICís third in the last five seasons. RIC has captured LEC titles in 1994, 1995, 1999, 2001 and 2003.

Senior Carminda Rocha (East Providence, RI) was the Little East Conference Champion at number two singles. Rocha received a bye in the first round, def. Stacy Slater from Southern Maine (6-2, 6-1) in the semi-finals and beat Katie Olsen from Plymouth State (6-3, 7-5) in the finals to claim the title. Rocha lost in the finals match of the number two doubles flight as well.

This is the fifth Little East title Rocha has won during her illustrious collegiate career. She was the LEC Champion at number four singles as a freshman and sophomore (1999 & 2000) and at number two singles as a junior (2001). Rocha also shared the LEC Champion title at number two doubles as a sophomore (2000).

She owns a 53-10-1 (.836) career singles mark and a 44-16 (.733) career doubles mark for 75.5 career points. Rocha is RICís all-time leader in career singles wins and points. She owns an 11-1 (.917) mark at number two singles and an 8-3 (.727) record at number two doubles this season.

Senior Kristin Mandsager (Portsmouth, RI) was the Little East Conference Champion at number six singles. Mandsager received a bye in the first round, defeated Megan Sowers from Plymouth State (6-1, 6-2) in the semi-finals and Amelia Rice from Southern Maine (6-1, 6-2) in the finals to claim the title. This is Mandsagerís first career LEC title. Mandsager also lost in the semi-finals of the number three doubles flight. She is 9-1 (.900) at number six singles and 7-2 (.778) at number three doubles for 12.5 points on the season.

Freshman Caitlin Morin (Westerly, RI) was the Little East Conference Champion at number five singles. She received a bye in the first round, defeated Sarah Charwick from UMass-Dartmouth (6-3, 6-2) in the semi-finals and Catie McCarthy from Southern Maine (6-1, 6-0) in the finals to claim the title. Morin also lost in the semi-finals of the number three doubles flight. She is 11-4 (.733) at number five singles and 6-6 (.500) at number three doubles for 14.0 points on the season.

Sophomore co-captain Liz Barrette (North Providence, RI) lost to Chelsea Gray from Southern Maine (3-6, 6-3, 2-6) in the finals match of the number one singles flight. She also lost in the finals match of the number one doubles flight. Barrette is 11-5 (.688) at number one singles and 12-4 (.750) number one doubles for a team-high 17.0 points on the season.

Junior co-captain Meghan Mooney (North Scituate, RI) lost to Morgan Alley from Southern Maine (4-6, 6-2, 1-6) in the finals match of the number three singles flight. She also lost in the finals match of the number one doubles flight. Mooney is 11-5 (.688) at number three singles and 11-4 (.733) at number one doubles for 16.5 points on the season.

Freshman Tara Marchant (North Scituate, RI) lost to Rachel Xavier from Plymouth State (5-7, 0-6) in the finals match of the number four singles flight. She also lost in the finals match of the number two doubles flight. Marchant is 7-10 (.412) at number four singles and 7-6 (.538) at number two doubles for 10.5 points on the season.

 

The rest of the 2003 Rhode Island College Womenís Team

 

Freshman Korrie Hird (North Providence, RI) is 1-3 (.250) in singles and 0-2 (.000) in doubles for 1.0 point on the season.

 

Freshman Heidi Beauregard (Cumberland, RI) is 2-0 (1.000) in doubles for 1.0 point on the season.

 

Freshman Kerri Giorgio (Saunderstown, RI) is 0-1 (.000) in singles and 1-0 (1.000) in doubles for 0.5 points on the season.

 

Freshman Caitlyn Lowman (Narragansett, RI) is 2-1 (.667) in doubles for 1.0 point on the season.

 

Freshman Maggie Wenc (Pawtucket, RI) is 2-1 (.667) in doubles for 1.0 point on the season.

 

Senior Ashley Foster (Jamestown, RI) is 3-3 (.500) in singles and 2-1 (.667) in doubles for 4.0 points on the season.

 

The Anchorwomen will close out the 2003 season at home on Monday, Oct. 20 when they host Roger Williams University at 4:30 p.m.

 

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