Rhode Island Completes Play at Tiger Invitational

Rhode Island Completes Play at Tiger Invitational

How It Happened

Rhode Island opened up play for the 2016 fall season at the Tiger Invitational, held in Baltimore from Sept. 9-11.  Head coach Tim Murphy's roster features three returnees and six freshmen and played a series of matches throughout the weekend.  

The highlight of the weekend came on Saturday, with the Rams earning a victory over Atlantic 10 foe Saint Joseph's, 4-1.  Rhody got the win at #1 singles, as Mihaela Codreanu, Tiara Higuchi, and Paige Alstom each earned their first collegiate victories in singles play.  The doubles duo of Ariel Haber and Emily Zargham also took home a point with a doubles win.

Friday, Sept. 9
vs. Towson (L, 4-1)
Shakhnazarova (TOW) def. Codreanu (URI) 6-2, 6-2
Williams (TOW) def. Higuchi (URI) 7-6 (7-3), 7-5
Smilansky (URI) def. Vasilkova (TOW), 6-4, 6-2
Lesage (TOW) def. Alston (URI) 6-2, 6-0
van Oorschodt/Gloninger (TOW) def. Holden/Haber (URI) 3-6, 6-3 (10-5)

Saturday, Sept. 10
vs. Saint Joseph's (W, 4-1)
Codreanu (URI) def. Minnoe (SJU) 0-6, 6-4 (10-7)
Devlin (SJU) def. Smilansky (URI) 6-3, 2-6 (10-8)
Higuchi (URI) def. Zachem (SJU) 4-6, 7-5 (10-8)
Alston (URI) def. Gevens (SJU) 7-5, 6-0
Haber/Zargham (URI) def. Devlin/Contrata (SJU) 6-0, 6-2

Sunday, Sept. 11
vs. Delaware (L, 4-1)
Pilkington (UD) def. Codreanu (URI), 6-1, 6-1
Higuchi (URI) def. Komer (UD) 5-7, 6-4 (10-7)
Lemance (UD) def. Smilansky (URI) 1-6, 6-2 (10-7)
Studnick (UD) def. Alston (URI) 6-1, 6-1
Hall/Shuten (UD) def. Haber/Zargham (URI), 7-5, 6-3

vs. Towson (L, 5-0)
Vasilkova (TOW) def. Codreanu (URI) 6-0, 6-4
Gomer (TOW) def. Haber (URI) 6-2, 7-5
Gloringer (TOW) def. Zargham (URI) 6-4, 6-4
Bed (TOW) def. Rucks (URI) 6-4, 6-3
Shaldernova/Schusterman (TOW) def. Smilansky/Legler 6-2, 2-6 (11-9)

Quotable:

"We fought hard in every set and every match throughout the weekend.  We lost a lot of close ones, but overall this was a great opening trip and a positive experience for our program.  Our team showed a great attitude."
- head coach Tim Murphy

What's Next

Rhode Island travels to Smithfield, R.I. on Wednesday, Sept. 21 to take on Bryant at 3 p.m.