How It Happened
Rhode Island won its first-ever match in Atlantic 10 Championship play, downing #6 seeded Dayton, 4-3, at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla. Knotted at 3-3 in the match, Ariel Haber's 7-5, 7-6 win at #5 singles sealed the victory for the Rams over the Flyers.
Rhode Island earned the doubles point, as Emily Zargham and Rachel Smilansky earned a 7-5 win at #1 while Tiara Higuchi and Mihaela Codreanu were victorious (7-6) at #2 doubles.
In singles play, Codreanu and Smilansky won at #1 and #3, respectively. Codreanu cruised, 6-0, 6-2, while Smilansky also registered a straight set win, 6-3, 6-4. Tiara Higuchi was leading, 2-1, in the third set of play before retiring due to cramping. The weather in Orlando hit close to 90 degrees.
Earlier in the regular season, Rhody dropped a 5-2 decision at Dayton on April 1.
1. Mihaela Codreanu (URI) def. Marlys Bridgham (UD), 6-0, 6-2
2. Alex Townsend (UD) def. Emily Zargham (URI), 6-1, 6-2
3. Rachel Smilansky (URI) def. Mattea Kilstofte (UD), 6-3, 6-4
4. Jade Kawamoto (UD) def. Tiara Higuchi (URI), 6-2, 3-6, 1-2 (Ret.)
5. Ariel Haber (URI) def. Natalie Allen (UD), 7-5, 7-6
6. Jackie Kawamoto (UD) def. Jordan Rucks (URI), 6-0, 6-1
1. Emily Zargham/Rachel Smilansky (URI) def. Jade Kawamoto/Mandy Marchant (UD), 7-5
2. Tiara Higuchi/Mihaela Codreanu (URI) def. Marlys Bridgham/Mattea Kilsofte (UD) 7-6
3. Alex Townsend/Natalie Allen (UD) def. Ariel Haber/Jordan Rucks (URI), 6-2
"Today was a courageous win over a solid, veteran Dayton team. Mihaela and Rachel had a great day, winning in both doubles and singles play. Ariel was a superstar at the end of the match today, taking on all the pressure and coming through victorious. This was an outstanding win for the program and we look forward to facing Fordham on Friday morning. "
- head coach Tim Murphy
Rhode Island takes on #3 seeded Fordham on Friday, April 28 at 9 a.m. in the 2017 Atlantic 10 Championship quarterfinals, held at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla.