Women's tennis edges Bard in all-nighter, 5-4

Women's tennis edges Bard in all-nighter, 5-4

SAUGERTIES, N.Y. - After a long rain delay and a match that ended nearly at midnight, the Western Connecticut State University women's tennis team held on to defeat Bard College, 5-4 on Wednesday night.

"I had a feeling that the match would come down to the end and I was very proud of the comeback by Pooja Dudhedia and Sarah Warkoski," stated WestConn head coach Shawn Stillman.  "As we come down to these last few matches, our doubles teams are going to need to step up, and they did tonight."

The Colonials, now 6-6, were tied after the singles matches, 3-3.

Carole Allers (Wilton, CT) was dominant, at second-flight solos, defeating Amelia Tiemann, 6-1, 6-0.

Dudhedia (Brookfield, CT) and Clare Callihan (New Fairfield, CT) were victorious at fourth and fifth singles.

The Raptors opened doubles with a win from Kristi Kordas and Tiemann over Callahan and Gabriella Orsini (Watertown, CT) by the score of 8-6. 

Kordas secured a win in the No.6 singles spot in straight sets, 7-5 and 6-2 over Orsini, while Bard's No.3, MacKenzie Wardell also won her match in straight sets with 6-4 and 6-1 over Warkowski. 

No. 1 singles, Katie Esposito had perhaps the best night of her young Bard tennis career, as the freshman rallied from a first set defeat, 6-1, to take the final two sets, 6-4 and 6-1 to win her match against Emma Chapman (Danbury, CT). 

With the loss, Bard's record now stands at 2-7 on the year. 

WestConn travels to UMass Boston this Friday, October 13 for a 2:30 pm match with the Beacons.  The Colonials then close out the regular season with a Little East Conference match against Plymouth State University.  The 1 pm match will likely decide the Colonials' LEC Tournament fate.

Up next for the Raptors is their final match of the fall season, as the team hosts Purchase College this Saturday at 1 p.m.