How It Happened
Rhode Island took four wins in singles play to earn a home victory over Army West Point today at the Hassenfeld Tennis Complex.
Ariel Haber won the match clincher at #6 singles, in a three-set thriller - 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 - to preserve the 4-3 victory. After falling at the #5 singles position, Mihaela Codreanu and Tiara Higuchi each won in straight sets at #1 and #4 singles, respectively to tie the match at 2-2.
Rhody again trailed, after a loss at #2 singles made it 3-2. But Rachel Smilansky earned a two-set victory at #3 before Haber's match clincher.
No. 1 | Mihaela Codreanu (URI) def. McCormick (ARMY) 7-5, 6-3
No. 2 | Porter (ARMY) def. Emily Zargham (URI) 2-6, 6-1, 6-1
No. 3 | Rachel Smilansky (URI) def. Hayley (ARMY) 7-5, 6-0
No. 4 | Tiara Higuchi (URI) def. Spiritos (FORD) 6-2, 6-3
No. 5 | Lin (ARMY) def. Paige Alshon (URI) 6-1, 6-3
No. 6 | Ariel Haber (URI) def. Son (ARMY) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
No. 1 | Zargham/Smilansky (URI) def. Allen/Porter (ARMY) 7-6 (7-2)
No. 2 | Giack/Son (ARMY) def. Codreanu/Higuchi (URI) 6-2
No. 3 | McCormick/Haley (ARMY) def. Alshon/Legler (URI) 6-2
"Today was another close match and we are thrilled to preserve the victory! It was a good win over a very good Army team. Our young players are learning every match how to compete for every point. Overall, it was a very good day for our young team and program."
- head coach Tim Murphy
Rhode Island travels to Philadelphia this weekend to take on Atlantic 10 foes La Salle and Saint Joseph's on April 14 and 15.