Women’s Tennis Extends Winning Streak to Five Games


Fordham Women’s Tennis improved their season yet again. (Courtesy of Fordham Athletics)

Fordham’s Women’s Tennis put together three dominant wins over the past two weekends, improving to 8-2 and leaping into first place in the Atlantic 10 standings. The Rams are on a roll, winning five straight matches, and six of their last seven.

The Rams capped off a four-game road trip with a 6-1 victory over Queens College on March 12. Fordham dominated in doubles play, winning all three matches. Junior Avery Aude and freshman Loraine Bergmann were paired together for the first time this season and won their match 6-0. Fordham carried their domination into singles play, winning five of the six matches. Aude, Bergmann, graduate student Carlota Casasampere-Escoda, senior Nicole Li and junior Rachelle Yang all came away victorious, with sophomore Eleni Fasoula suffering the only loss. The victory was Fordham’s third straight road win after dropping their road opener to Brown.

Fordham followed the Saturday win over Queens College with a Sunday shutout against Siena College. The one game homestand was Fordham’s final game at Life Time Athletic as the Rams said goodbye with a dominant 7-0 victory. For a second straight day, Fordham dominated in doubles play as the pairings of Aude and Deminova alongside Casasampere-Escoda and Yang secured the doubles point.
Deminova, Aude, Fasoula, Li, Yang and Casasampere-Escoda won their singles matchups in the sweep, as the Rams improved to a 4-1 reccord at home.

The Rams let the good times roll this past Sunday, recording their second straight shutout in a 4-0 victory over Marist. The parings of Aude and Deminova and Casasampere-Escoda and Yang secured the doubles point. The duo consisting of Aude-Deminova has proved to be an excellent combo as the pairing improved to 5-0 on the season with their match win on Sunday. Li, Bergmann and senior Genevieve Quenville won their singles matches, ensuring a victory for Fordham, on the other hand, Aude’s, Yang’s and Casasampere-Escoda’s matches recieved an unfinished ruling.

Fordham entered this season with eyes on the Atlantic 10 championship, a goal that seems incredibly attainable as the Rams continue this stretch of wins. Head coach Mike Sowter is getting excellent production from Deminova and Li. Deminova is undefeated in singles play and is 14-1 overall with her one loss coming in doubles play. Aude, Yang and Fasoula have had an incredible impact as well. It sure seems like the pieces are falling into place for a lengthy run come tournament time for the Rams.
Fordham’s winning percentage sits at .800, giving them a slight edge over Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) (12-4, .750) and University of Massachusetts (UMass) (9-3, .750). They’ll need to continue their winning ways if they wish to stay atop the A-10 standings. That will be no easy task as the Marist game was just the first of a seven game stretch. Fordham will play a pair of games this weekend against both Temple University and St. Joseph’s College before traveling up to Amherst next week for a tough matchup against UMass Amherst at 1 p.m.