April 20, 2011

Women's Tennis Earns Second Straight Northeast-10 Finals Berth

GOFFSTOWN, N.H. – Top-seeded Southern New Hampshire University earned its second straight trip to the Northeast-10 Conference women's championship match with a 5-2 victory over fourth-seeded Saint Michael's College Wednesday afternoon at the Allard Center.  The Penmen improve to 16-2 and will host second-seeded Stonehill, a 5-4 winner over No. 3 Adelphi in Wednesday's other semifinal, in Saturday's championship match at a time to be determined.  Saint Michael's is now 13-5 overall and will await word of a possible NCAA at-large berth.  The NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Championship field will be announced on Tuesday, April 26.

SNHU opened up by taking two of three doubles points.  Amber Chandronnait (Bow, N.H.) and Catalina Echeverry (Cali, Colombia) were 8-1 winners at No. 1, while Samantha Jean (Bedford, N.H.) and Kara Pease (Falmouth, Mass.) were 8-5 winners at No. 3.  Jean and Pease rallied from an early 4-1 deficit.  Marybeth Ash and Marran Ranks posted a 9-7 win over SNHU's No. 2 tandem of Alena Mukdaprakorn (Hartford, Conn.) and Kirsten Jean (Bedford, N.H.).  Mukdaprakorn and Jean rallied from a 5-2 deficit to take a 7-6 lead but Ash and Ranks took the final three games to post the win.

In singles, Chandronnait was a 6-2, 6-0 winner at No. 1, while Mukdaprakorn  was a 6-3, 6-2 winner at No. 2.  Echeverry clinched the victory with a 6-0, 6-2 win at No. 3.

Saturday's championship match is a rematch of last season's championship final which the Penmen won by a score of 5-2 for SNHU's first-ever NE-10 title.  The two teams met earlier this season in Easton, Mass., with Southern New Hampshire prevailing 6-3.

#29 So. New Hampshire 5, Saint Michael's 2
04/20/11 at Goffstown, N.H. (Allard Center)

Singles competition

1. #22 Amber Chandronnait (SNH) def. Deahna Giguere (SMC) 6-2, 6-0

2. Alena Mukdaprakorn (SNH) def. Marran Ranks (SMC) 6-3, 6-2

3. Catalina Echeverry (SNH) def. Emily Magee (SMC) 6-0, 6-2

4. Marybeth Ash (SMC) def. Samantha Jean (SNH) 6-1, 6-2

5. Kirsten Jean (SNH) vs. Jean-Marie McGrath (SMC) 4-1, unfinished

6. Kara Pease (SNH) vs. Alex Dalton (SMC) 2-1, unfinished

 

Doubles competition

1. Amber Chandronnait/Catalina Echeverry (SNH) def. Deahna Giguere/Emily Magee (SMC) 8-1

2. Marybeth Ash/Marran Ranks (SMC) def. Alena Mukdaprakorn/Kirsten Jean (SNH) 9-7

3. Samantha Jean/Kara Pease (SNH) def. Emily Ogilvy/Jean-Marie McGrath (SMC) 8-5

 

Match Notes

Saint Michael's 13-5; Regional ranking #9

So. New Hampshire 16-2; National ranking #29; Regional ranking #3

Northeast-10 Women's Tennis Semifinal

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