For Immediate Release

 

October 22, 2006

 

RIC Women’s Tennis Comes Up Short
at Little East Championships
Plymouth State Finished One Point Ahead

 

Providence, RI—For the second time in the past three seasons, Rhode Island College finished second to Plymouth State at the Little East Conference Women’s Tennis Championships. The Panthers won the title with 17.0 points, while the Anchorwomen totaled 16.0. UMass Dartmouth hosted the tourney on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21-22. In other action, Salem State was third (15.5), Bridgewater State was fourth (12.5), Western Connecticut was fifth (9.0), UMass Dartmouth was sixth (1.5), UMass Boston was seventh (1.5) and Southern Maine was eighth (0.0).

 

The Panthers receive an automatic bid to the 2006-07 NCAA Div. III Women’s Tennis Championships. 2006-07 marks the first time the LEC Championship winner receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.

 

The Anchorwomen captured two doubles flight championships and one singles flight championship.

 

Freshman Julie Bannon (Narragansett, RI) was the Little East Conference Champion at number six singles and at number three doubles. In singles action, she defeated Bing Nguy from UMass Boston (8-0) in opening round action, downed Paula Araujo from Bridgewater State (6-1, 7-5) in the semifinals and captured the flight championship over Briley Boisvert from Plymouth State (2-6, 6-0, 6-2), despite losing the first set.

 

Bannon teamed with junior Kseniya Gurvich (Barrington, RI) to win at number two doubles. They defeated Katie Hunt/Heidi Graceffa from Southern Maine (8-2) in the opening round, downed Krista Golia/Ashley Ludwig from Western Connecticut (6-2, 6-1) in the semifinals and captured the flight championship over Kiley Boyd/Briley Boisvert (6-1, 6-4) in the finals.

 

Bannon is currently undefeated with a 17-0 mark at number six singles and is 17-2 at number three doubles for 25.5 points on the season. She has broken the school record for doubles victories and points in a season and is tied for the single season wins record. She has been named the Little East Conference Rookie of the Week four times on the season. She will have a chance to increase her totals when, for the first time in school history, the Anchorwomen will see action in the spring.

 

Junior Kseniya Gurvich (Barrington, RI) was the Little East Conference Champion at number three doubles. Gurvich teamed with Bannon to defeat Katie Hunt/Heidi Graceffa from Southern Maine (8-2) in the opening round, then beat Krista Golia/Ashley Ludwig from Western Connecticut (6-2, 6-1) in the semifinals and captured the flight championship with a win over Kiley Boyd/Briley Boisvert (6-1, 6-4) in the finals.

 

Gurvich is currently 11-4 at number four singles and 15-2 at number three doubles for 18.5 points on the season.

 

Sophomore Meg Funk (Oakdale, CT) was the Little East Conference Champion at number one doubles. She teamed with junior Sasha Doonan (Pawtucket, RI) to defeat Sara Wiley/Ashley Kirkpatrick from Southern Maine (8-0) in the opening round, then downed Jill Deyermond/Erica Huckins from Plymouth State (7-6 [7-5], 6-2) in the semifinals and captured the flight championship with a win over Kie Tanaka/Naomi Torii from Salem State (6-3, 6-3) in the finals.

 

Funk is currently 12-4 at number one singles and 15-4 at number one doubles for 19.5 points on the season.

 

Junior Sasha Doonan (Pawtucket, RI) was the Little East Conference Champion at number one doubles. She teamed with Funk to defeat Sara Wiley/Ashley Kirkpatrick from Southern Maine (8-0) in the opening round, then downed Jill Deyermond/Erica Huckins from Plymouth State (7-6 [7-5], 6-2) in the semifinals and captured the flight championship with a win over Kie Tanaka/Naomi Torii from Salem State (6-3, 6-3) in the finals.

 

Doonan is currently 12-4 at number two singles and 15-4 at number one doubles for 19.5 points on the season.

 

Head Coach Kelly Chartier’s team is 13-1 overall and captured its fourth consecutive Little East Conference Regular Season Championship with a perfect 7-0 mark. Rhode Island College has won 29 consecutive Little East Conference regular season matches, having not lost a league contest since falling, 5-4, at Plymouth State on Sept. 14, 2002. The squad’s 13 wins ties the school record for the most wins in a season.

 

Kseniya Gurvich, Meg Funk, Sasha Doonan, Julie Bannon

 

For the first time in school history, the Anchorwomen will play matches in the spring. Rhode Island College will get back in action in March, 2007.

 

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