Tennis Closes Season with New Paltz Tournament

The tennis team concluded their season with a 7-6 record on Saturday, April 23 after hosting the New Paltz Tournament against St. Thomas Aquinas (Div. II) and SUNY Cortland.

The Hawks went 3-1 in doubles and 6-2 in singles action against the Red Dragons. They then went 6-2 in singles competition while splitting doubles action against St. Thomas Aquinas.

With the tournament win, the Hawks finished with a winning record for the eighth consecutive season.

Against Cortland, Hawks second-years Brittany Grandville and Carol Tyson defeated their opponents in flight one doubles, 8-3. Also, third-year Olivia Ammirati and second-year Emi Lewis won their doubles match, 8-2.

The final doubles win against Cortland came from first-year Lindsay Haley and fourth-year captain Laura Tierney, as they defeated their opponents 8-4.

Against St. Thomas Aquinas, Grandville and Tyson fell, 8-5, in the first flight of doubles and Ammirati and Lewis dropped an 8-1 decision in flight two.

The Hawks rebounded, as Tierney and Haley won by a score of 8-6 in the third flight and third-year Kirsten Delvecchio and first-year Isabella Risius won flight four, 8-4.

Hawks head coach Rob Bruley said he was proud of the team’s performance in doubles play because of the focus he’s put on it during practices.

“We’ve improved especially in our doubles,” Bruley said. “I think doubles is the Achilles heel of this team. We’re a very strong singles team but we need to get points in the doubles category in order to get wins.”

New Paltz dominated singles play against both teams. Ammirati took the top flight, 8-1, while Grandville and Tyson took flight two and flight three in 8-5 and 8-0. Tierney, Lewis and Haley each also won their respective matches against Cortland.

Against St. Thomas Aquinas, the Hawks dropped the first two flights but won the remaining six. Tyson won the third flight 8-1, while Tierney and Lewis won the next two 8-0 and 8-3, respectively.

Haley and Delvecchio won the sixth and seventh flights and Risius finished the singles competition with a close 9-7 win.

In her final match of her collegiate career, Tierney won all of her matches on the day to conclude her final season.

Tierney had 43 wins in singles play throughout her career as a Hawk. She was also part of the Second Team All-SUNYAC at No. 6 singles and an SUNYAC All-Academic Team member in the 2012-13 season and was named to the All-SUNYAC Singles First Team in the 2014-15.

Bruley recognized her for her athletic and academic contributions.

“She’s going to be sorely missed,” Bruley said. “Her enthusiasm, dedication to the program and her leadership this year has really come to the front. She is a true leader on and off the court.”