October 17, 2009

Women's Tennis Competes At New England Championships

New England Championship Full Results

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -  Holy Cross senior women's tennis players Ivette Konopka (Shelton, Conn.) and Kathryn Wilkie (Oak Bluff, Ill.) each topped two competitors in the No. 5 and No. 6 singles flights respectively to make it to the championship rounds of the New England Women's Tennis Championship Saturday. The final rounds, scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 18, were not contested due to heavy rain. 

Konopka won her first match against Hartford's Kristen Cocuzza, 8-1, and then topped Providence's Melissa Ferry 8-1 to earn her championship bid.  Wilkie outlasted Fairfield's Hannah Blau in the first round, 8-5, and then Sacred Heart's Michelle Aptekin 8-1 to make it to the No. 6 singles championship. Wilkie's two victories give her the best singles record on the team at the conclusion of the fall season, as she won a total of five matches and lost two.  

Also tallying victories for the Crusaders was the flight No. 2 doubles team of Konopka and sophomore Emily Marr (Jefferson, Mass.) who topped Fairfield's Gretchen Amberg and Michelle Cerrone 8-0 in the first round. Wilkie and sophomore Emma Rudnik (Lake Bluff, Ill.) also won their first round of the flight No. 3 doubles against Sacred Heart's Delaney Downing and Ashley Amalfe, 9-8 (7-4).

The New England Championships marked the final event for the Holy Cross women's tennis team this fall season. The squad will take a break before beginning practice for the spring slate, to be announced at a later date.