The New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) women’s tennis team kicked off its fall season over the weekend and picked up where it left off in the spring, posting two dominant performances to notch 9-0 victories over St. Thomas Aquinas and Wilmington.
The Bears took on the Spartans of St. Thomas Aquinas in its season opener on Friday, and jumped out to the early 1-0 lead thanks to winning all three doubles matches in the East Coast Conference contest.
The NYIT domination continued into the singles play, led by a 6-1, 6-0 victory from Gabriela Siembab at first singles. Karolina Pondusova secured her first collegiate victory, notching a 6-0, 6-1 win at second singles.
NYIT returned to play on Saturday and once again rolled to a 9-0 victory, this time over Wilmington, who was playing in the first match of its program history.
Pondusova had a tougher time in her second singles match this time around, but was still able to outlast her opponent for a 6-1, 5-7, 10-2 victory to help anchor the Bears’ victory.
“This was a great way to start the season, winning yesterday and today,” NYIT head coach Jason Pasion told NYITBears.com. “We were unsure of what to expect from Wilmington since it was their first match of their inaugural year. We played aggressive and I was happy with the way the women handled the hot and humid conditions.”
NYIT will return home to host Roberts Wesleyan this Friday, September 16.
Following its season opening win last Wednesday, Adelphi returned to action to play its home opener on Saturday, and defeated the Southern New Hampshire Penmen 6-3 in a Northeast-10 showdown.
The two-match Adelphi winning streak was brought to an end on the following day, however, as Merrimack edged out a 6-3 win over the Panthers.
Adelphi dropped two of the three doubles matches to fall down early and was never able to recover, losing four of the six singles flights to drop its first match of the season.
The Panthers next match will be Tuesday, September 13 on the road against the University of New Haven.