October 31, 2014



Holderness, N.H.-Sophomore Noelle Tiberi (Smithfield, RI) won at No. 6 singles, while junior Sadie Campanella (Chepachet, RI) and sophomore Julie Reddy (Smithfield, RI) picked up a victory at No. 2 doubles, but the Rhode Island College women's tennis team saw their season come to an end in a 5-2 loss to top-seeded Plymouth State in the Championship Match of the 2014 Little East Conference Tournament on Friday afternoon at the Holderness School.


The second-seeded Anchorwomen (14-2) lost for only the second time this season, with both setbacks coming at the hands of the undefeated Panthers (14-0). PSU secures the league's automatic qualifier to the 2015 NCAA Div. III Women's Tennis Championships, which are played in the spring.


The Panthers took two of three in doubles action to take a 2-1 lead into singles action.



 Sophomore Noelle Tiberi


No. 2 doubles saw Campanella and Reddy top the Panthers pair of junior Nitsa Ioannides (El Cajon, CA) and sophomore Nikki Lund (Hingham, MA), 8-4.


RIC senior Chelsea Brown (Wallingford, CT) and freshman partner Kim Daigle (Sterling, MA) fell to Plymouth State’s pairing of freshman Sunny Jakubas (Califon, NJ) and junior Zara Jakubas (Califon, NJ), 8-4, at No. 1 doubles.


Rounding out the doubles action for the Anchorwomen was sophomore Noelle Tiberi (Smithfield, RI) and junior Tressa Cannata (Cranston, RI), who were defeated by the PSU pairing of freshman Cassidy Wells (Colchester, VT) and senior Rosalie DiRado (Gansevoort, NY), 8-6.


Zara Jakubas took down Campanella in straight sets (6-4, 6-2) at No. 1 singles, while Tiberi topped DiRado (6-1, 6-1) at No. 6 singles to cut RIC's deficit to one, 3-2, with four singles matches still in action.


Wells topped Brown (6-3, 6-3) at No. 3 singles and Sunny Jakubas came back to best Daigle (1-6, 6-3, 6-3) at No. 2 singles to clinch the title.


Cannata had won the first set (6-3, 3-3) and was tied in the second frame at No. 4 singles, while Reddy had picked up a win, 7-6 (10-8) in the first set at No. 5 singles, but the match ended before they could finish.