Women’s tennis earns doubles Championship in second Fall Invitational

Sarah Hazard, Contributing Writer

From Sept. 20-22, the Bison women’s tennis team competed in their second Fall Invitational. On the first day, both Daniela Bellini ’22 and Dax Seidlin ’23 won their respective three-set matchups in the A singles bracket. Bellini competed against Villanova’s Kaylan Rotman and pulled ahead in the third set to win the tiebreaker. Meanwhile, Seidlin pulled off a come-from-behind victory, winning her second and third sets to take the victory over Marist’s Julia Gabay.

Sofia Ayuso ’21 and Paige Leavy ’20 were also victors in the B singles bracket, both competing against Marist opponents and winning in two sets. Chloe Zilkha ’23 collected a win in the D singles bracket against her Mount St. Mary’s opponent.

In the A doubles bracket, Cayla Koch ’21 and Seidlin beat their Marist opponents 6-0, while Bellini and Leavy took the victory over the Mount St. Mary’s doubles tandem with a 6-0 win as well.

On day two, Koch and Seidlin captured the A doubles bracket, defeating a duo from Villanova. Bellini and Leavy also performed well on day two, taking third place after they competed against another duo from Villanova. On Saturday, Leavy also won her semifinal game in the singles B bracket, advancing her to the championship on Sunday.

On the final day of the Invitational, the Bison continued to fight. Seidlin displayed a strong performance but fell in the A singles bracket championship to Villanova’s Claudia Althans. Similarly, Leavy took second place in the B singles bracket after a tough battle against her Villanova opponent.

Ayuso also placed on Sunday, taking third in B singles, while Rachel Carroll ’21 collected third place in the C singles bracket. Rounding out the team effort was Jill Auteri ’20, who earned fifth place in the C singles category on the final day.

“I think our main focus is to keep our bodies healthy and drill hard before we depart on Thursday. It’s our last fall tournament after three weeks back-to-back so it’s our final time to shine. Matchplay is key and we can all definitely benefit from doubles practice,” Auteri said. 

The Bison will next compete in the SJU Invitational from Sept. 27-29.

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