Crusaders Fare Well At Wheaton Invitational

April 1, 2007

NORTON, Mass. - The Holy Cross women's tennis team turned in a strong showing at the Wheaton College Invitational, held on Sunday in Wheaton, Mass. The Crusaders had a first place finish, two second place finishes, and a third place showing in the four flights.

The No. 1 doubles team of freshmen Ivette Konopka (Shelton, Conn.) and Kristen Meahl (Falmouth, Maine) won the title with a pair of victories. Konopka and Meahl defeated Karla Cynewski and Aki Tokutake 8-4 in the semifinals, before downing Mallory Farmer and Oriana Federico 6-3, 6-0 in the final match.

Sophomore Paige Brown (Huntington, N.Y.) and freshman Megan Manahan (Waverly, Pa.) also had a strong showing at No. 2 doubles, finishing as the runners-up. Brown and Manahan began the day with an 8-4 win over Sara White and Alexandra Magee of Wheaton in the semifinals. They then split sets with Meg Cornell and Joanna Nettlefield of Roger Williams in the title match, before dropping the tiebreaker 10-8.

At No. 2 singles, senior Meredith Bacon (Hanover, N.H.) won 6-2, 6-1 over Jessica Smith of Salve Regina in the semifinals, before falling to Katherine Knies of Wheaton in the final. Bacon lost the first set 6-2, came back to win the second set 7-5, but then lost a tiebreaker 12-10 to decide the match.

Junior Meg Moran (Concord, N.H.) also played well at No. 1 singles, defeating Louise Taylor of Salve Regina 6-1, 6-3 in the third place match. Moran began the day by dropping a 7-5, 6-4 decidion to Caitlyn Leone of Roger Williams in the semifinals.

The Crusaders return to action on Thursday, April 12, when they travel to Rhode Island for a 3:00 p.m. match.

Wheaton Invitational Results

No 1 Singles

Semis - Darby McDermott (Wheaton) def. Louise Taylor (Salve Regina) 3-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-6)
Semis - Caitlyn Leone (Roger Williams) def. Meg Moran (Holy Cross) 7-5, 6-4
3rd Place - Meg Moran (Holy Cross) def. Louise Taylor (Salve Regina) 6-1, 6-3
Final - Darby McDermott (Wheaton) def. Caitlyn Leone (Roger Williams) 6-3, 6-1

No. 2 Singles

Semis - Meredith Bacon (Holy Cross) def. Jessica Smith (Salve Regina) 6-2, 6-1
Semis - Katherine Knies (Wheaton) def Jessica Manners (Roger Williams ) 6-3, 6-1
3rd Place - Jessica Smith (Salve Regina) def. Jessica Manners (Roger Williams), walkover
Final - Katherine Knies (Wheaton) def. Meredith Bacon (Holy Cross) 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (12-10)

No. 1 Doubles

Semis - Ivette Konopka/Kristen Meahl (Holy Cross) def. Karla Cynewski/Aki Tokutake (Salve Regina) 8-4
Semis - Mallory Farmer/Oriana Federico (Wheaton) def. Kelsey Parente/Christina Consoles (Roger Williams) 8-4
3rd Place - Karla Cynewski/Aki Tokutake (Salve Regina) def. Kelsey Parente/Christina Consoles (Roger Williams) 8-2
Final - Ivette Konopka/Kristen Meahl (Holy Cross) def. Mallory Farmer/Oriana Federico (Wheaton) 6-3, 6-0

No. 2 Doubles

Semis - Meg Cornell/Joanna Nettlefield (Roger Williams) def. Lindsay DelBonis/Emily Ross (Salve Regina) 8-4
Semis - Paige Brown/Megan Manahan (Holy Cross) def. Sara White/Alexandra Magee (Wheaton) 8-4
3rd Place - Sara White/Alexandra Magee (Wheaton) def. Lindsay DelBonis/Emily Ross (Salve Regina) 8-4
Final - Meg Cornell/Joanna Nettlefield (Roger Williams) def. Paige Brown/Megan Manahan (Holy Cross) 2-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-8)