Women’s tennis scores seven wins in season opener TCNJ Doubles Invitational

EWING, NJ (September 3, 2022) – Graduate student Agatha Malinowski and first year Stephanie Untermeyer teamed up to earn two wins and lead the Stevens Institute of Technology women’s tennis team on Saturday at the College of New Jersey Doubles Invitational. The event was played at the TCNJ Tennis Complex.

The round robin consisted of seven matches in three different rounds. The matches were contested by the host Lions, Stevens and Goldey-Beacom College (Division II). TCNJ had 13 wins on the day, while Stevens finished with seven and Goldey-Beacom scored one.

“Excellent experience for us today”, head coach Arik Zeevy “I was impressed with our depth – everyone in our line-up showed strong doubles potential. We’re just getting started, but today was a great first step for us.”

In the first round, Malinowski and Untermeyer earned Stevens’ lone victory, beating Goldey-Beacom’s Maria Bruno and Macy Hendin-Walker by an 8-2 decision. The pair took their second win of the day in the second round, edging out TCNJ’s Charlotte Roarty and Jenny Landells. The duo failed to win a perfect 3-for-3 day, falling to the Lions tandem of Alexa Vasile and Chase Eisenberg 8-4.

The second round produced the best results for the Ducks, as they won four of their five encounters. After the victory of Malinowski and Untermeyer, sophomore Isabelle Dona and first year Anya Sharma picked up their first victory of the season with an 8-4 triumph over Hannah Brandl and Zehra Canbaz of Goldey-Beacom. First year Anusha Singh and junior Juliet Marchisio picked up a hard-fought 8-6 win over TCNJ’s Cassandra McDermott and Grace Hamburg. Junior Polina Odintseva and second Emma Eguia closed out the round with a thrilling 8-7(4) win over TCNJ’s Chloe Hansen and Giavanna Toto.

The Ducks closed out the event with a pair of wins in the final round of competition. Senior Audrey Heaberlin partnered with Odintseva in the final round and earned an 8-5 decision over Goldey-Beacom’s Elina Mukhamadeeva/Asli Kunduk. The Ducks’ final victory of the day was the end result of the afternoon as Marchisio and Sharma joined forces for an 8-6 win over McDermott and Hamburg.

Marchisio and Sharma joined Malinowski and Untermeyer in scoring two wins on the day, albeit with different partners.

The competition marked the first intercollegiate competition for each of the five freshman student-athletes.

Next: Women’s tennis hosts Stockton University on September 10 in a non-conference match at the Stevens Tennis Courts. The Ospreys outscored the Ducks 6-3 last October, but the Ducks have won three of the last four meetings.

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