Women’s Tennis Falls to Dayton at A-10 Championship


Junior Mayu Sato finished the season with a 20-7 record in singles, the best mark on the team. (Andrea Garcia/The Fordham Ram)

By Andrea Garcia

Junior Mayu Sato finished the season with a 20-7 record in singles, the best mark on the team. (Andrea Garcia/The Fordham Ram)

Junior Mayu Sato finished the season with a 20-7 record in singles, the best mark on the team. (Andrea Garcia/The Fordham Ram)

This past week, Fordham Women’s Tennis finished up its regular spring schedule with a dual match against Queens College on April 19. They swept their events, 7-0.

In doubles action, junior Mayu Sato and sophomore Estelle Wong teamed up once again to defeat second and sixth singles — Angelika Sobiecka and Line Sorsdahl Aasen — 6-2. The second doubles match between Fordham’s pair of freshmen Whitney Weisberg and Gianna Insogna and Queen’s College’s Andrea Samson and Frederike Corner marked the team’s only loss of the day, with a final score of 6-1. Freshman Alexis Zobeideh and junior Destiny Grunin matched up against Nakia Miller and Anne Strating to garner the last doubles win of the day, 6-1.

Singles play kicked off soon after, and Sato took her last regular season win of the spring against Samson. In three sets, she took the point for Fordham, 6-3, 4-6 and 10-6. Wong kept her spot in second singles, and likewise carried her match to a third set, 4-6, flipping the scorecards to 6-4, and a solid 10-1. Zobeideh won the third singles match against Cami Abdallah with repeat 6-3 sets. Her doubles partner Grunin tired out Borner. After a 6-3 first set, Grunin swept through the second set, 6-0. Weisberg made her third appearance of the season in fifth singles, and took her first win of the season against Miller, 6-4, 6-2. Insogna cleared out the day with a sixth singles win versus Aasen, 6-4, 6-3.

The women then entered into the Atlantic 10 Conference Championships in Cincinnati, Ohio as the eighth seed in the tournament. They opened up their A-10 action against ninth seeded University of Dayton, but they lost 4-3 to end their spring season.

To start with the doubles matches, Sato and Wong played together against Marlys Bridgham and Mattea Kilstofte. They stood at 5-3 when the match was stopped due to weather conditions. The duo of Zobeideh and Grunin was not as successful, getting downed by Mandy Marchant and Jade Kawamoto, 6-2. In third singles, Weisberg and Insogna were blanked by Jackie Kawamoto and Alex Townsend, 6-0.

Sato outlasted her doubles opponent Bridgham through three sets. Sato took her first singles point with scorecards at 3-6, 6-3 and a final 6-4. Wong kept up her momentum from the past few matches and posed a challenge to Alex Townsend, 6-0, 6-1. Zobeideh fell to Mattea Kilstofte, 6-2, 7-5. Grunin posted another win for Fordham in fourth singles against Jade Kawamoto, 6-2, 7-6 (4). Kawamoto’s sister, Jackie, downed Insogna in the fifth singles play, 6-3, 6-1. Weisberg was the last match to finish for the day, with two losing 6-2 sets with Marchant.

Sato finishes with the team’s best singles play record, with a 20-7 season. She is closely followed by Wong’s season record of 15-12. When paired, they hold the best doubles team record of the season at 6-3. The younger team of Grunin and Zobeideh follows them for the next best doubles record, 8-6. The team finished its season with an overall winning record of 12-6, which is just short of matching last year’s 13-7 mark due to the cancellation of two regular season matches over this year’s spring season.