Anchorwomen to Face Messiah in NCAA Championship First Round Action

2018-19 Women's Tennis Team Photo

Providence, R.I.-The Rhode Island College women's tennis team is headed to the 2019 NCAA Div. III National Championship. RIC will travel to Wesleyan on Friday, May 10 to take on Messiah in the opening round. The winner will take on host Wesleyan on Saturday, May 11 in the second round.

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The Anchorwomen earned the Little East Conference's automatic bid after posting a 5-1 win over Plymouth State in the LEC Championship back in October. This marks the second straight NCAA Division III Championship bid for the Anchorwomen. Last season, RIC defeated Nazareth, 5-2, in the first round, before falling, 5-0, to Tufts in the second round. The win over Nazareth marked just the second win all-time by a Little East institution in the NCAA Tournament.

Messiah is currently 9-8 on the season and earned an automatic bid with a 5-1 win over Alvernia in the finals of the MAC Commonwealth tournament over the weekend.

Led by 2018 Little East Coach of the Year Adam Spring, the Anchorwomen boast six All-Little East Conference selections this season. Spring is the school's all-time winningest women's tennis coach with a remarkable 91-21 record.

Senior Katherine Braganca (Pawtucket, RI) earned Second Team All-Little East honors in singles and was also a Second Team All-LEC selection in doubles. She has posted a perfect 11-0 (1.000) record at the No. 4 singles spot and has also compiled a 9-7 (.563) mark at No. 1 doubles.

Sophomore Serena Bobola (Cranston, RI) was tabbed a Second Team All-Little East selection in singles. She is undefeated with a 15-0 (1.000) mark at No. 3 singles and has also posted a 14-1 (.933) mark in doubles play, primarily at the No. 3 spot.

Sophomore Hailey Raskob (North Smithfield, RI) garnered Second Team All-Little East accolades in doubles. Raskob is a perfect 17-0 (1.000) at No. 2 doubles and also has a perfect 17-0 (1.000) record in singles play for 25.5 points on the year. Raskob was named the 2018 Little East Championship's Most Outstanding Player.

Sophomore Laurel Ten Eyck (Warwick, RI) paired with Braganca to earn Second Team All-Little East honors in doubles.  The duo has posted a 9-7 (.563) record on the year at the No. 1 doubles spot, while Ten Eyck is a perfect 13-0 (1.000) in singles action, primarily at the No. 6 spot. 

Sophomore Victoria Vittori (New Bedford, MA) earned Second Team All-Little East honors in singles play with a 10-4 record for the Anchorwomen.

Sophomore Grace Zangari (Saunderstown, RI) was named Second Team All-Little East in singles and a Second Team All-LEC selection in doubles. She is 8-8 (.500) at No. 1 singles and is a perfect 17-0 (1.000) in doubles action.

The Anchorwomen are currently undefeated on the season, posting a 17-0 record with a 9-0 mark in the Little East.