N.Y.U.’s Alison Wang tees up a serve against Ithaca College. Photo by Daniel Jean-Lubin
BY DANIEL JEAN-LUBIN | New York University’s women’s tennis team notched their second consecutive win of the season, defeating the Ithaca College Bombers, 9-0, at the Stadium Tennis Center at Mill Pond, the Bronx, on Sat., April 13.
The New York University Violets (3-3), 18th in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association Northeast Region rankings, got off to a remarkable 3-0 lead against the winners of four straight, Ithaca College, thanks to a clean sweep from their doubles squad.
Alison Wang, Mari Tzakis, Ashley Masanto and Madeline King all went undefeated on the day, winning both their singles and doubles matches.
In doubles play on court one, Masanto and Wang (3-2 in their last five matches together) defeated Cristina Nunez and Laurel Salladay of Ithaca College (15-2), 8-6. Both pairs held serve for the first four games of the set, until at 30-40, Masanto, playing at the net, fired a blazing forehand winner that just touched the baseline and could not be returned by the ladies of Ithaca, making it 3-2 in favor of the Violets.
After an easy hold of service by N.Y.U, Nunez and Salladay responded by taking the set’s next two games, both without dropping a point. The rally would not be enough, however, as Wang and Masanto never faced the pressure of another break point in the match, winning easily.
Later that day, it was the Alison derby as N.Y.U.’s Alison Wang defeated Ithaca’s Allison Young 6-0, 6-1. The match was a quick one after a tight first game that saw three deuces before Wang pulled off a passing backhand that clipped the net and remained in play but bounced too quickly and could not be returned by Young.
Young double-faulted twice in her first service game and was never able to recover after that, losing the first set in less than a half hour.
Wang hit 28 winners in the match and 10 of them came in the second set, in which she continued to dominate, winning the set and match just as quickly as the first.
In other doubles final scores, Tzakis and King of N.Y.U defeated Carly Siegel and Allison Vizgaitis, 8-3. The Violets’ Jazmin Colling and Becky Kumar beat Marni
Blumenthal and Alyssa Steinweis, 8-6.
In singles, Masanto bested Nunez 6-0, 0-1. (Nunez retired after the first game of the second set.) N.Y.U.’s Wang and Ramya Pokala both got 6-0, 6-1 wins over Young and Blumenthal, respectively. The Violets’ Tzakis knocked off Siegel, 7-5, 6-2. Ithaca’s Salladay lost, 7-5, 6-0, to King. Alexandra Ziarko of N.Y.U defeated Alyssa Steinwies, 3-6, 6-4,
The N.Y.U. men’s tennis team also earned its fourth consecutive victory by shutting out Ithaca College’s men’s squad, 9-0, later that day.
The Violets return to action on Sat., April 20, when they host SUNY Geneseo at the Stadium Tennis Center at noon in the final home series of the season.