Women’s Tennis Downs NJIT

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By Andrea Garcia

Samuel Joseph/The Fordham Ram

Samuel Joseph/The Fordham Ram

Love was in the air during the women’s tennis team’s dual match against the New Jersey Institute of Technology Highlanders this past Valentine’s Day. The Rams won 5-2.

Fordham took home four victories out of a total six singles matches. Team captain and first singles Estelle Wong took the opening match against Nathalie Habegger in two sets. Third singles junior Hannah Drayton also had a quick two-set win.

Junior Mayu Sato took the second singles point with a longer match, taking it in three sets. Going up against Rafaella Sampaio, she took the first set by a score of 6-4. Sampaio fought back for a 3-6 second set, but Sato pulled through with a 6-3 finishing set.

Junior Destiny Grunin managed a taxing win against NJIT’s Amanda Helminsky in three sets. Grunin fell 2-6 in the first set but bounced back, breezing through a 6-0 second set. She held on for the win, winning a 10-6 final set.

Fourth singles freshman Alexis Zobeideh lost against Alba Rosas Garcia in a 6-4, 6-4 match. Freshman Gianna Insogna was also defeated, falling to Natilja Tasovac. After a 4-6 loss in the first set, she flipped the score in the second. The third set saw plenty of long rallies, but she ultimately lost 12-10.

The doubles team of Sato and Drayton was victorious in a 6-2 match against Habegger and Tasovac. The third doubles pair of Grunin and Zobeideh took on Garcia and Vujkovac and secured the Fordham win with a 6-4 match. Wong and Insogna lost 6-4.

Overall, the event a successful one for women’s tennis. Following the recent loss to Drexel, Wong said that the weekend was a great win bringing lots of confidence to the team.

“Hopefully we can carry the momentum heading into our weekend against Army and Marist,” Wong added.

Next, women’s tennis will travel upstate to West Point for matches on Feb. 27th and 28th. There, the team will face Army on Saturday and challenge Marist the day after.