QUEENS, NY – Top-seeded Pratt Institute defeated College of New Rochelle 9-0 to win the 2016 Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women's tennis championship on Saturday afternoon at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
It was the fifth league title in the last six years for the Cannoneers, who finished as runner-up in 2015. The victory capped an unblemished conference season for Pratt as the Cannoneers swept all five conference matches and closed the 2016 season with six consecutive 9-0 victories.
"This was a fun victory," said head coach David Eddy. "All credit goes to the women – their hard work at 7 a.m. practices five days a week paid off! I am proud of all 12 team members who made my job easy!"
The Cannoneers won all nine flights by seven points or greater and New Rochelle only won six points on the afternoon. The second-place finish by New Rochelle was the first for the program in 10 seasons since the start of the HVIAC archives.
Amanda Twu (Spring Lake, MI/Cranbrook-Kingswood) and Melanie Kania (Endicott, NY/Union-Endicott) began the afternoon with an 8-1 victory in No. 1 doubles over fellow freshman Sydney Thompson and Iyesogie Aghahowa. Neeka Gilardian (Great Neck, NY/Great Neck) and Cory Marks (West Nyack, NY/Clarkstown South) followed with an 8-0 victory over Yveline Lamothe and Lissa Alcius in No. 2 doubles. Haddie Webster (Richmond, VT/Mount Mansfield Union) and Huize Wu (Zhuhai, China/Zhuhai No. 1) completed the Cannoneers' sweep of the doubles with an 8-1 victory over Oumie Jobarteh and Jhosalie Danseco.
With a 3-0 cushion after doubles play, the Cannoneers turned their attention to singles play and continued an impressive afternoon by only allowing four points to the Blue Angels over six flights. Twu was victorious over Thompson 10-2 in No. 1 singles. Kania followed with a 10-1 victory at No. 2 singles. Consecutive shutout wins by Gilardian, Webster and Marks extended the Pratt lead to 8-0. Ivy Fu (Hangzhou, China/Shanghai Ulink) completed the shutout victory with a 10-1 win over Danseco in No. 6 singles.
The Cannoneers close 2016 with a 10-3 record, a seven-win improvement over 2015.