The New Paltz women’s tennis team appeared in four games down in Florida to kick off the second leg of their season, but returning to New York, the weather was less than cooperative.
The Hawks had their first three matches in April cancelled due to inclement weather, and were only able to get in the New Paltz Tournament on Saturday, April 21 to conclude the season.
“The spring season has always been our non-traditional season,” graduate Carol Tyson said following the Florida tournament. “It flies by so fast, especially with a majority of our matches being held during Spring break. Right now, we’re all just focusing on hitting a lot of balls. The weather has been so up and down lately that we’re trying to hit outside any opportunity that we can.”
The annual doubles tournament took place at the North Tennis Courts, where the Hawks split into two teams and took on rivals SUNY Cortland and the College at Brockport.
The “A” team consisted of Brittany Grandville and Tyson at first doubles, fourth-years Emi Lewis and Taylor Mormile at second doubles and second-year Cielle Pappalardo and first-year Ava Sweeney at third doubles.
The “B” team was comprised of first-years Courtney Koran and Jenna Grandville at first doubles, second-year Jessica Reich and third-year Lindsay Haley at second doubles and second-years Victoria Zezula and Pamela Fuks at third doubles.
Team “A” kicked off the afternoon by taking all the three matches against SUNY Cortland while dropping just four total games.
Brittany Grandville and Tyson secured a win at first doubles 8-1, Mormile and Lewis took an 8-0 win at second doubles while Pappalardo and Sweeney closed out doubles against Cortland with an 8-3 win.
Against Brockport, the Hawks “A” team went 8-0, 8-2 and 8-3 at first, second and third doubles respectively.
The “B” team also made quick work of their competition as they didn’t drop a set.
After stymying the College at Brockport 8-2, Koran and Grandville knocked off SUNY Cortland at first doubles with an 8-5 victory. Reich and Haley ended their first two matches with scores of 8-3 and 8-1, respectively, with Zezula and Fuks doing the same at third doubles.
Finally, the “A” and “B” teams took on each other to close out the tournament, with the eldest Grandville knocking off her sister by a score of 8-2 at first doubles with the “A” team winning 8-2 at third doubles as well. Second doubles were perhaps the most highly contested with Mormile and Lewis winning 8-6.