Women’s Tennis Captures LEC Regular Season Crown With, 8-1, Win Over Southern Maine

Katherine Braganca with her parents on Senior Day
Katherine Braganca with her parents

Providence, RI.--Senior Katherine Braganca (Pawtucket, RI) played in her final regular season home game and picked up a pair of wins as the Rhode Island College women's tennis team captured their fourth straight Little East Conference Regular Season Championship with an 8-1 victory against Southern Maine at the RIC Tennis Center on Saturday afternoon.

RIC is now the No. 1 seed for the upcoming LEC Championship and will host the Final Four of the conference tournament on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20.

THE BASICS
Rhode Island College 8, Southern Maine 1
RIC (14-0, 8-0 LEC)
USM (6-6, 4-5 LEC)

HOW IT HAPPENED

• Braganca and sophomore Laurel Ten Eyck (Warwick, RI) started off the day with an 8-1 win at No. 1 doubles against the Southern Maine team of juniors Denae Walton (Plymouth, MN) and Samantha Harden (Turner, ME).

• RIC sophomores Serena Bobola (Cranston, RI) and Emily Orticerio (Smithfield, RI) defeated USM sophomore Elise Harvey (Newton Abbot, UK) and senior Margaret Smith (Farmingdale, ME) by a score of 8-1 to give the Anchorwomen a 2-0 advantage in the match.

• The Anchorwomen's team of sophomores Grace Zangari (Saunderstown, RI) and Hailey Raskob (North Smithfield, RI) earned an 8-2 win against the Huskies duo of senior Courtney Jordan (Portland, ME) and junior Ashley Owens (Penn Yan, NY) at No. 2 doubles to give RIC the clean sweep of doubles action.

• RIC junior Julie Marciniak (South Kingstown, RI) defeated Smith (6-1, 6-0) at the No. 6 singles singles spot to extend the lead to 4-0.

• Zangari then clinched the match for RIC when she posted a (6-0, 6-0) win over Walton at the No. 1 spot to make the score 5-0.

• Raskob posted a (6-0, 6-1) win over Harvey at No. 5 to put the Anchorwomen up, 6-0, in the match.

• Braganca picked her second win of the day at No. 4 singles where she recorded a (6-1, 6-1) win against Owens.

• Bobola notched her second victory of the afternoon with a (6-1, 6-2) win against Jordan to put RIC up 8-0 in the match.

• Harden gave Southern Maine their only point of the afternoon when she defeated RIC sophomore Victoria Vittori (New Bedford, MA) (6-4, 6-4) to make the score 8-1

WHAT'S NEXT
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will wrap up the regular season at Worcester State on Sunday, Oct. 14 (5 p.m.). The match will be played at Wachusett High School