BETHLEHEM, Pa. – In its final action of the fall season, the Lehigh women’s tennis team hosted the three-day Lehigh Fall Invitational, which wrapped Sunday on the Goodman Campus. The event gave Lehigh an opportunity to get its younger players some much-needed experience while trying out various doubles teams. Over three days, Lehigh squared off against Loyola (Md.), St. Francis (Pa.) and Lafayette in singles and doubles.
The event began Friday night inside the Lewis Tennis Center where Lehigh faced the Loyola Greyhounds in doubles and singles action. Loyola won all three doubles matches, but the Mountain Hawks did pick up wins in two of the seven contested single matches. Senior Liz Piscitelli won a third set, ten-point tiebreak to defeat Judy Lite 7-5, 3-6, 10-4, while freshman Molly Brooks won an eight-game pro set over Jackie Lionetta, 8-3.
On Saturday, Lehigh faced off against St. Francis (Pa.) in doubles, with sophomore Taylor Hampshire and freshman Abigail Farrell earning a win over the Red Flash’s top team. The Mountain Hawks also squared off against rival Lafayette, sweeping three doubles and six singles matches from the Leopards.
The weekend concluded on Sunday as Lehigh met St. Francis for six singles contest. The Mountain Hawks prevailed in four of them. Sophomore Jenai Bilimoria was dominant in a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles, while Lehigh’s three freshmen: Brooks, Farrell and Gabby Drucker all picked up victories as well.
The Lehigh Fall Invitational marked the end of the Mountain Hawks’ fall season. Lehigh will return to the courts in late January to open its spring season.
Lehigh vs. Loyola
1. Janasek/Ott (Loy) def. Hampshire/Farrell (LU) 8-3
2. Ash/Fedele (Loy) def. Piscitelli/Drucker (LU) 8-2
3. Lite/Lionetta (Loy) def. Sloand/Brooks (LU) 8-6
1. Rachel Janasek (Loy) def. Taylor Hampshire (LU) 4-5, retired
2. Sabrina Fadele (Loy) def. Jenai Bilimoria (LU) 6-1, 6-4
3. Tiffany Ash (Loy) def. Abigail Farrell (LU) score not available
4. Liz Piscitelli (LU) def. Judy Lite (Loy) 6-3, 4-6, 10-8
5. Olivia Ott (Loy) def. Gabby Drucker (LU) 7-5, 3-6, 10-4
6. Liz Black (Loy) def. Jill Sloand (LU) 6-3, 7-5
7. Molly Brooks (LU) def. Jackie Lionetta (Loy) 8-3
Lehigh vs. St. Francis (Pa.)
Hampshire/Farrell win 8-5
Piscitelli/Drucker lose 8-3
Sloand/Brooks lose 8-6
Bilimoria wins 6-1, 6-0
Farrell wins 6-0, 6-2
Piscitelli loses 6-0, 6-1
Sloand loses 6-0, 6-0
Drucker wins 4-6, 6-1, 10-6
Brooks wins 6-4, 6-3
Lehigh vs. Lafayette
1. Hampshire/Farrell (LU) def. Gordon/Spellberg (LC) 8-3
2. Piscitelli/Drucker (LU) def. Charchalis/Denesck (LC) 8-0
3. Brooks/Sloand (LU) def. Kusnierz/Blank (LC) 8-4
1. Jenai Bilimoria (LU) def. Lucy Bass (LC) 6-2, 6-1
2. Abigail Farrell (LU) def. Amanda Kusnierz (LC) 6-3, 6-0
3. Liz Piscitelli (LU) def. Liza Blank (LC) 6-1, 7-6 (4), 10-7
4. Jill Sloand (LU) def. Lauren Gibbons (LC) 6-4, 6-0
5. Molly Brooks (LU) def. Austin Denesuk (LC) 6-3, 6-2
6, Gabby Drucker (LU) def. Alison Dally (LC) 6-2, 6-3