Women’s Tennis Downs Saint Joe’s

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Women’s Tennis Downs Saint Joe’s

Junior Mayu Sato was an important contributor to Fordham's win over the Hawks (Courtesy of Fordham Athletics).

Junior Mayu Sato was an important contributor to Fordham's win over the Hawks (Courtesy of Fordham Athletics).

Junior Mayu Sato was an important contributor to Fordham's win over the Hawks (Courtesy of Fordham Athletics).

Junior Mayu Sato was an important contributor to Fordham's win over the Hawks (Courtesy of Fordham Athletics).

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By Andrea Garcia

Junior Mayu Sato was an important contributor to Fordham's win over the Hawks (Courtesy of Fordham Athletics).

Junior Mayu Sato was an important contributor to Fordham’s win over the Hawks (Courtesy of Fordham Athletics).

Women’s tennis soared to a 4-3 win over the Saint Joseph’s University Hawks. The Rams’ season record currently stands at a 9-4.

In doubles action, the team of juniors Mayu Sato and Estelle Wong took the first doubles point. The teams switched the lead until the Fordham duo edged out Claire Minnoe and Alex Zachem, 6-4. Freshmen Gianna Insogna and Whitney Weisberg stepped up together in second doubles, but lost 6-0 to Kristina Eisenbrand and Sarah Contrata. In third doubles, freshman Alexis Zobeideh and junior Destiny Grunin stayed focused to the end of their match against siblings Anne Marie and Maureen Devlin, finishing 7-6 (7-4).

Singles action picked up with a quick win in third singles, with Zobeideh taking down Kristina Eisenbrand in repeat 6-2 sets. Sato moved up to first singles and posed a challenge to Minnoe. Sato won 6-1, 6-3. Wong was switched into second singles play against third doubles Maureen Devlin. Wong bested her opponent in two 6-3 sets.

Grunin made a memorable appearance in fourth singles. Although she won the first set, 6-3, her opponent, Alex Zachem, flipped the score cards in the second set and edged out Grunin in the third, 7-6 (7-6). In fifth singles, Weisberg played in her first matchup of the spring season, but was downed by Arianne Polatnick in 6-2, 6-0 games.

The last point of the day rested on the sixth singles match between freshman Gianna Insogna and Anne Marie Devlin. She took the winning point for Fordham in three sets, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1.

The Rams will host St. John’s University at the Hawthorn-Rooney tennis courts at Rose Hill on Wednesday, April 13. The team will travel the following day to Hempstead to compete against Hofstra University. Over the weekend, Fordham will host the last two home matches of the spring season against the New York Institute of Technology on Saturday at 3 p.m. and A-10 rival University of Massachusetts on Sunday at 1 p.m.