The NYIT women’s tennis team captured the NCAA East Region 1 championship on Tuesday afternoon, downing Chestnut Hill 5-1 to advance to the NCAA Division II tennis championships in Denver, Colorado.
Playing in its first match since a loss to Division 1 Fordham on April 16, the Bears did not show any signs of rust. On the doubles court, East Coast Conference (ECC) Player of the Year Alessia Rossetti paired up with Justyna Krol to down Iman Williams-Mulesa and Lara Scholtze 8-1 at first doubles. Gabriela Siembab and Melanie Benyadi contributed to the lead with an 8-1 win over Louise Charley and Hayley Craskey at third doubles.
Chestnut Hill’s Lara-Anne Joso and Axe Owens rounded out the doubles courts with an 8-2 win over NYIT’s Alexandra Borgenhoff and Paulina Velasquez at second doubles.
That would be the lone victory for Chestnut Hill, however, as the NYIT singles play closed the door on the match. Borgenhoff defeated Williams-Mulesa 6-0, 6-2 at third singles, Siembab beat Owens 6-1, 6-3 at fourth singles, and Krol cruised past Craskey 6-3, 6-0 at fifth singles to give NYIT the five wins it needed to clinch the victory.
NYIT now moves on to the NCAA Division II Championships in Denver next week.