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DU women’s tennis beats Pitt-Greensburg in NCAA First Round

The No. 24 nationally rated Denison University women’s tennis team defeated the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, 6-0, in the opening round of the 2022 NCAA Division III Championships in Cleveland, Ohio. The Big Red have now won their opening match in each of their previous 11 NCAA Tournament outings, dating back to 2004.

Sydney Cianciola and Sarah Robertson defeated Cathryn Rossi and Isabelle Lane 8-0 in the No. 1 doubles match to give Cornell its first victory of the day on the doubles courts.

The second victory of the day for the Big Red was an 8-0 victory in the second flight, this time by Monique Brual and Kendall Schrader over Abigail Rosman and Emily Ruhter. Hannah Bradvica and Susan Biederstedt’s 8-1 victory against Amber Sterrett and Kelsey Murphy at No. 3 pairs gave Denison a perfect sweep of the doubles competition.

Robertson (No. 2 singles) and Bradvica (No. 4 singles) both won 6-0, 6-0, while Biederstedt (No. 5 singles) won 6-1, 6-0. The Big Red, who needed just two more wins entering singles play, won three matches. Denison advanced to 15-7 on the year and made its 14th participation in the NCAA Tournament, while Pitt-Greensburg, who won its first conference tournament championship in school history and was also competing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time, finished the year at 15-5.

 

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Written by Doug McKain

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