CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- Senior Jen Nelson (Newburyport, Mass.), sophomore Catarina Rosa (Fall River, Mass.) and freshman Alex Hernandez (Newton, Mass.) each posted a pair of victories as Suffolk captured its first-ever Great Northeast Athletic Conference women’s tennis regular season championship by notching a 6-3 league dual-match triumph over Simmons Saturday afternoon on the Buckingham, Browne & Nichols Courts.
Nelson, Hernandez and sophomore Kaitlynn Cates (Middlebury, Conn.) each posted straight set singles wins for the host Rams, who won the match-up of conference unbeatens to remain perfect at 11-0 overall and finish 7-0 in Great Northeast play, while Rosa notched a three-set triumph at number five singles for Suffolk. Nelson and Hernandez teamed up for an 8-2 victory at number two doubles for the hosts, while the tandem of Rosa and freshman Rachael Troia (North Providence, R.I.) provided the other point for the Rams with an 8-5 win at number three doubles.
Senior Alex Yudelevich (Houston, Tex.) was a winner in both singles and doubles action in the setback for the visiting Sharks, who fall to 9-5 overall and finish 6-1 in Great Northeast play, as she posted a three-set win at number one singles and teamed up with fellow senior Kendra Currier (Worcester, Mass.) for an 8-4 triumph at number one doubles. Freshman Maile Macleod (Carlsbad, Calif.) collected the other point of the day for Simmons with a straight-set win at number six singles.
Suffolk heads across town on Tuesday afternoon to take on UMass Boston in a non-league dual-match that begins at 3:30 p.m., while Simmons hosts Rhode Island College in a non-league dual-match on Monday afternoon in Boston at 4:00 p.m.
#1 Alex Yudelevich (SIM) def. Kellie Sturma (SUF) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
#2 Kaitlynn Cates (SUF) def. Kendra Currier (SIM) 6-2, 6-4
#3 Jen Nelson (SUF) def. Dominika Hudcova (SIM) 6-1, 6-2
#4 Alex Hernandez (SUF) def. Katy Hallinan (SIM) 6-2, 6-2
#5 Catarina Rosa (SUF) def. Lauren Faber (SIM) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
#6 Maile Macleod (SIM) def. Rachael Troia (SUF) 7-5, 7-5
#1 Yudelevich/Currier (SIM) def. Sturma/Cates (SUF) 8-4
#2 Nelson/Hernandez (SUF) def. Hudcova/Macleod (SIM) 8-2
#3 Rosa/Troia (SUF) def. Faber/Stacey Kohan (SIM) 8-5
Suffolk 11-0 (7-0 Great Northeast)
Simmons 9-5 (6-1 Great Northeast)