Patriot League Final in Army Eliminates Women’s Tennis, 4-1

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – A slow start in the singles action, the top-seeded Boston University women’s tennis team fell to No. Lehigh’s Ulrich Varsity Tennis Courts at 3 Army West Point, 4-1, at the Patriot League Final Sunday afternoon.

The Black Knights (25-9) won a tightly-contested doubles point and then snap the Terriers’ (14-8) nine-match win streak to the required three points before claiming all six singles matches in the first set. BU rallied to force a third set of four contests but came up just short of the loss.

In doubles, junior Erica Di Battista and graduate student Emily Kim Record a top slot in a 6-4 win, but the Black Knights snapped sophomore Kaitlin Tan and senior Shelly Yaloz’s 12-match win streak as a duo, 6-3, at line 2. Army jumped out to a 1-0 lead by sophomore Victoria Carlsten and freshman Michelle Kleynerman6-4, at line 3.

Army extended the lead to 2-0 with a 6-3, 6-3 victory at No. 3. Freshman before 3 singles Sydney Sharma Put BU on the scoreboard for a 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Rallying. 6 slot.

The Black Knights captured the final two points, first a 7-5, 7-5 decision at line 5 and then a 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 championship-clinching victory at line 4. Both Carlsten (# 1) ) and Tan (# 2) were halted when one of their favorite singles matches came out.

A two-time team captain, 2021 PL Scholar-Athlete of the Year and 2019 PL Doubles Team of the Year honoree, Kim concludes with her collegiate career with 63 singles and 63 doubles victories.

Army West Point – 4, Boston University – 1
Singles (Order of Finish: 3, 6, 5, 4)
1) Victoria Carlsten (BU) led Stephanie Dolehide (Army): 6-7 (3), 6-2, 5-3, unfinished
2) Kaitlin Tan (BU) led Caroline Vincent (Army): 3-6, 6-0, 5-4, unfinished
3) Cooper Jackson (Army) def. Erica Di Battista (BU): 6-3, 6-3
4) Paola Bou (Army) def. Michelle Kleynerman (BU): 7-5, 4-6, 6-4
5) Justine Dondonay (Army) def. Shelly Yaloz (BU): 7-5, 7-5
6) Sydney Sharma (BU) def. Paige Herremans (Army): 2-6, 6-2, 6-2

Doubles (Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3)
1) Di Battista / Emily Kim (BU) def. Dolehide / Caroline Vincent (Army): 6-4
2) Cooper Jackson / Paige Herremans (Army) def. Tan / Yaloz (BU): 6-3
3) Paola Bou / Samantha Dimaio (Army) def. Carlsten / Kleynerman (BU): 6-4

2022 Patriot League Women’s Tennis Championship Schedule
Thursday, April 21 – First Round
No. 8 Lafayette 4, vs.. No. 9 Holy Cross 1

Friday, April 22 – Quarterfinals
No. 1 Boston University 4, vs. No. 8 Lafayette 0
No. 4 Loyola Maryland 4, vs. No. 5 Bucknell 2
No. 3 Army West Point 4, Vs. No. 6 Colgate 0
No. 2 Navy 4, vs. No. 7 Lehigh 0

Saturday, April 23 – Semifinals
No. 1 Boston University 4, vs. No. 4 Loyola Maryland 0
No. 3 Army West Point 4, Vs. No. 2 Navy 0

Sunday, April 24 – Championship
No. 3 Army West Point 4, Vs. No. 1 Boston University 1

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