Women's Tennis Advances in NCAA Tournament, Downs Chestnut Hill 5-3

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Second-seeded Southern New Hampshire University advanced in the NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Championship with a 5-3 win over seventh-seeded Chestnut Hill College Saturday at The Derryfield School.  The Penmen, who have posted a first-round NCAA tourney win in each of their four championship appearances, improve to 19-5, while the Griffins, who were making their first-ever NCAA appearance, see their season come to a close at 19-7.

Southern New Hampshire will face No. 3 seed District of Columbia in Sunday's second round in a noon match at The Derryfield School.  The Firebirds prevailed 5-4 in a marathon match with sixth-seeded Adelphi, with UDC pulling out a three-set win at No. 3 singles to advance.

Southern New Hampshire, which downed Chestnut Hill 6-3 during the regular season, jumped out to a 2-1 lead after doubles action.  Alena Mukdaprakorn (Hartford, Conn.) and Diana Vamvakitis (Wading River, N.Y.) recorded a 8-5 win at No. 1 doubles, while Kirsten Jean (Bedford, N.H.) and Amanda Albuquerque (Weymouth, Mass.) were 8-5 winners at No. 3.

In singles play, Samantha Jean (Bedford, N.H.) and sister Kirsten both picked up points at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively.  Samantha Jean was a 6-1, 7-5 winner over Danielle Knott, while Kirsten Jean downed Lexis Puhl 6-3, 6-1.  Vamvakitis clinched the match with her win at No. 2, rallying from a 6-2 loss in the first set to knock off Kelly Dennis 2-6, 7-5, 6-1.

SNHU has never faced UDC.  The two teams will be battling for a berth in the round of 16 which takes place in Louisville, Kentucky as part of the Division II Spring Sports Festival that kicks off May 16.

#45 So. New Hampshire 5, Chestnut Hill 3
04/28/12 at Manchester, N.H. (The Derryfield School)

Singles competition

1. Alena Mukdaprakorn (SNH) vs. SHCHERBAKOVA, Nastia (CHC) 6-7, 6-0, unfinished

2. Diana Vamvakitis (SNH) def. DENNIS, Kelly (CHC) 2-6, 7-5, 6-1

3. PARAPOURAS, Maria (CHC) def. Amanda Albuquerque (SNH) 6-1, 6-2

4. OECHSLE, Morgan (CHC) def. Jamie Hann (SNH) 6-1, 6-2

5. Samantha Jean (SNH) def. KNOTT, Danielle (CHC) 6-1, 7-5

6. Kirsten Jean (SNH) def. PUHL, Lexis (CHC) 6-3, 6-1

 

Doubles competition

1. Alena Mukdaprakorn/Diana Vamvakitis (SNH) def. SHCHERBAKOVA, Nastia/DENNIS, Kelly (CHC) 8-5

2. PARAPOURAS, Maria/OECHSLE, Morgan (CHC) def. Samantha Jean/Jamie Hann (SNH) 8-5

3. Kirsten Jean/Amanda Albuquerque (SNH) def. PUHL, Lexis/KNOTT, Danielle (CHC) 8-5

 

Match Notes

Chestnut Hill 19-7; Regional ranking #7

So. New Hampshire 19-5; National ranking #45; Regional ranking #2

Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,6,3,5,2)

NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Championship - First Round

SNHU is No. 2 seed, Chestnut Hill No. 7

Official: Wayne Kuhnly