Rams Fall at George Mason, 5-2, Despite Strong Performances

Photo by Michael Scott
Photo by Michael Scott

How It Happened
Despite having just four players available, Rhode Island put up a valiant effort at George Mason Sunday, falling 5-2 to the Patriots.

Junior Ariel Haber picked up the victory at No. 2 singles and freshman Halah Davis added a team point at No. 3 singled as Rhode Island (1-16, 0-4 Atlantic 10) had its strongest showing in conference play.

Haber, playing at No. 2 for the third time this season, took a three-set win over George Mason's Brianna Gibbs, 6-4, 1-6, 6-0. Davis also won in three sets, beating Hannah Yang, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. Davis also teamed with sophomore Rachel Smilansky for a 6-4 win at No. 1 doubles, though George Mason earned the doubles point.

"I am extremely proud of the everyone played," said interim head coach Jordan Rucks. "All of the singles matches were three-set battles. Doubles was just as close, with Rachel and Halah getting the win and Ariel and Paige (Alshon) playing a solid match as well. Today was most definitely the best performance I have seen from Paige in both singles and doubles."

Alshon won her opening set against Christine McCarthy 6-1 before McCarthy rebounded to take the second set, 7-5. McCarthy then took the point in a super set tiebreaker, winning 11-9 in the third.  

Smilansky/Davis (R) def. Gibbs/Green; 6-4
Lee/Yang (GM) def. Haber; Alshon; 7-6 (9-7)
Haigwood/Cianciola (GM) won by default

Sydney Green (GM) def. Rachel Smilanski; 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
Ariel Haber (R) def. Brianna Gibbs; 6-4, 1-6, 6-0
Halah Davis (R) def. Hannah Yang; 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
Christine McCarthy (GM) def. Paige Alshon; 1-6, 7-5, 11-9
Rachel Lee (GM) won by default
Nicole Haigwood (GM) won by default

What's Next
Rhode Island closes out the regular season with a match at Massachusetts on Friday, April 20.