How It Happened
Rhode Island fell, 4-0, to Fordham in the quarterfinal round of the Atlantic 10 Championship at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla. Knotted at 3-3 in the match,
Rhody dropped the doubles point, as Rachel Smilansky and Emily Zargham lost, 6-2 at #1 doubles and Tiara Higuchi and Mihaela Codreanu fell, 6-3, at #2.
Fordham clinched the win with victories at #6, 1, and 2 in order.
1. Carina Ma (FOR) def. Michaela Codreanu (URI), 6-2, 7-5
2. Estelle Wong (FOR) def. Emily Zargham (URI), 7-6, 6-1
3. Maia Balce (FOR) vs. Rachel Smilansky (URI), 6-4, 4-4, DNF
4. Mayu Sato (FOR) vs. Tiara Higuchi (URI) 5-7, 5-0, DNF
5. Gianna Insogna (FOR) vs. Ariel Haber (URI), 6-1, 3-6, 2-3, DNF
6. Destiny Grunin (FOR) def. Jordan Rucks (URI) 6-1, 6-0
Order of Finish: 6, 1, 2
1. Carina Ma/Estelle Wong (FOR) def. Rachel Smilansky/Emily Zargham (URI), 6-2
2. Lexi Zobeideh/Mayu Sato (FOR) def. Mihaela Codreanu/Tiara Higuchi (URI), 6-3
3. Maia Balce/Carolina Sa (FOR) vs. Ariel Haber/Jordan Rucks (URI), 5-4, DNF
Order of finish: 1, 2
"We had a great season and a positive ending, despite today's loss. We saw so much growth with our freshmen this season and know they will be the foundation for the future. I'm especially proud of the way Jordan Rucks and Ariel Haber competed, especially near the end of the season. They showed a tremendous amount of character. And it was a bittersweet ending for Taylor Holden - an All-Atlantic 10 level competitor who missed the season due to injury."
- head coach Tim Murphy