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Tennis Loses Second-Straight Match at STAC

Julia Clapper at Fredonia on April 10, 2021.
Julia Clapper at Fredonia on April 10, 2021.

The D'Youville women's tennis team finished its weekend at East Coast Conference foe St. Thomas Aquinas with a 7-0 loss on Sunday in Sparkill, N.Y.

The Saints shifted to 0-5 on the season and 0-4 in the league standings with the loss, while the win moved the Spartans to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in ECC action.

Sunday's early portion started with sophomore Julia Clapper and junior Taylor Nash falling on the top doubles court, 6-0, to Dauphine Donker and Flaminia Valci. In the No. 2 doubles contest, junior Alisson Meissner and sophomore Faith Falkowski suffered a 6-1 loss to Katarina Lopez and Brooke Lopez, while the third doubles match saw the combo of Alba Guijo and Maya O'Brien knock off the duo of Taylor-Anne Austin and Katelyn Hoover, 6-0.

The singles part of the ECC matchup did not fare any better for the Saints, as Meissner was topped by Valci in two sets (6-0, 6-1) on the first singles court, and Clapper suffered a defeat to Donker in the second singles showdown (6-0, 6-0). Brooke Lopez took down Falkowski in the No. 3 singles matchup (6-0, 6-0), while Nash put up a better effort in the No. 4 singles match, falling to Katarina Lopez by a score of 6-1, 6-2.

The final two singles matches were decided by pro sets, as O'Brien beat Austin by an 8-1 score on the fifth court, while sophomore Lily Nguyen fell to Guijo in an 8-0 contest in the final match.

Notables – Sunday moved the all-time series to 2-0 in favor of STAC … Nguyen made her first appearance in the singles lineup this season on Sunday.

Up Next – The Saints will close out the season with a home-and-home weekend against Daemen on April 24-25.