BY RACHAEL WHITMAN
Franciscan University women’s tennis team played host to D’Youville College on Sept. 25, winning 9-0 for the fifth win of the season and the third win in conference play.
Early on, it was obvious the Lady Barons had the upper hand as the match lasted less than an hour and a half with Franciscan dominating.
Head Coach Jeremy Ellis said, “Like I’ve said from the beginning, our doubles is what is important. We have to stay strong there in hopes to get ready for our conference tournament. Just getting wins gives them the confidence they need.”
No. 1 doubles won 8-1, and both the no. 2 and no.3 doubles won easily 8-0. The no. 3 doubles team, sophomore Marisa Pinto and freshman Julia Razook, particularly impressed Ellis, as he said, “It was only their second match playing together so building the chemistry they need to be able to win at three is huge.”
The Lady Barons continued to take control of the courts during the singles matches. Most of the sets were 6-0 in the Lady Barons’ favor. Senior Renata Crespo played the most competitive match, losing three games in the first set but coming back strong to win 6-0 in her second set.
Freshman Taranee Karimpour also played well in her no. 6 singles match, winning 6-0, 6-2.
Ellis said, “Taranee just doesn’t play in the lineup for singles much so it was good to see her out there and get a win.”
The Lady Barons’ next home game will be on Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. against Penn St.-Altoona.