Women’s Tennis Starts Spring with Losses to Harvard and Boston College


In search of conference success, the Rams hold confidence after the first half of the Spring season. (Courtesy of Fordham Athletics)

Jimmy Sullivan, Sports Editor

Fordham Women’s Tennis faced a tough task this weekend, starting its team season with matchups against Harvard and Boston College. The Rams got an early wake-up call from both teams, losing both matches by scores of 7-0 and 5-2, respectively.

The team’s weekend started on Saturday with its matchup against Harvard University. Fordham got steamrolled for the doubles point, as the combinations of sophomore Valeriya Deminova and freshman Avery Aude, junior Arina Taluyenko and freshman Weronika Pociej and sophomore Nicole Li and sophomore Genevieve Quenville were no match for Harvard’s doubles pairings. Things did not improve much in the singles portion of the event, as Taluyenko, senior Maia Balce, Deminova, Aude, Pociej and Quenville all lost in two sets.

Fordham looked to right the ship on Sunday afternoon against Boston College, but the Rams had a hard time doing so against a team that entered Sunday’s match undefeated.

Fordham put up a more competitive effort on Sunday but ultimately fell 5-2. The Rams took the doubles point to start the match as a sign that maybe Sunday would be different, but the host Eagles showed their depth in the singles matches, winning five out of six to run away with the match.

With the loss, Fordham Women’s Tennis has started its season 0-2. This part of the schedule looked difficult from the start of the fall season, and it reared its ugly head to begin the spring campaign. Fordham has what it hopes is an easier match this Saturday against Quinnipiac University in New Haven, Connecticut. The Rams are looking to build off an 11-11 season last year that saw the team fall to George Washington in its second match at the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament at season’s end. Saturday’s match — the only one of the weekend for Fordham — gets started at 5:30 p.m.