Cannoneers back to HVIAC Championship with 9-0 win over Berkeley

Cannoneers back to HVIAC Championship with 9-0 win over Berkeley

BROOKLYN -- No. 1-seeded Pratt Institute will play for its fifth Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women's tennis title in six seasons after besting No. 4 Berkeley College 9-0 Thursday night in league semifinals play at the Pratt ARC.

Reigning HVIAC Player of the Week Amanda Twu once again led the Cannoneers. The freshman earned a 10-4 win in top singles over Kate Zharkova and teamed with Melanie Kania for an 8-2 victory over Zharkova and Ken Geroux in No. 1 doubles. 

Kania blanked Geroux 10-0 in second singles, while fellow sophomore Neeka Gilardian bested Marisol Munoz by the same score. In fourth singles, league Rookie of the Week Haddie Webster shut out Stephanie Tse 10-0.

Elsewhere, Gilardian combined with freshman Cory Marks for an 8-0 No. 2 doubles triumph over Munoz and Tse. 

With the win, Pratt returns to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. against the winner of No. 2 College of New Rochelle and No. 3 Vaughn College. The Cannoneers earned 9-0 wins over both teams in regular season play.