Women’s Tennis Finishes Last Home Match On Top


Fordham sent out their graduating players with a win against UMass. (Courtesy of Fordham Athletics)

A whopping five Fordham players completed their last match at Hawthorn/Rooney Tennis Courts as Fordham defeated the University of Massachusetts 4-2 on Sunday in Atlantic 10. Seniors Rachelle Yang and Avery Aude and graduate students Carlota Casasampere Escoda, Lindsay Hung and Valeriya Deminova were honored before their last match at Fordham University’s home court.

The team went out on a high note, but the match started shakily. UMass won the doubles point as they managed to defeat both teams of Hung and Fasoula 6-1 and Yang and Casasampere 6-2. However, the team shined in the singles matches. In particular, the older students played like it was their last game as they shined. UMass only received one singles point against Yang, as the rest of the team handled business.

Deminova won in three sets, with close scores of 6-2, 3-6 and 6-4. Hung won convincingly in two with scores of 6-2 and 6-4. Aude won in the same fashion, with her victories ending in 6-2 and 6-4. Lastly, Casasampere Escoda narrowly squeezed out the win with 6-4 and 7-6 scores.

Overall, it was an extremely productive and controlling victory for Fordham as they begin to wrap up the season. With two more A-10 opponents next weekend in George Washington University and George Mason University, the team looks to close out strong as the A-10 Championship is just weeks away. Fordham currently stands at 9-7, a record that continues their success from last year, when they finished 14-5 on their way to an A-10 Championship appearance.

As the current group will leave the team thin and incomplete, Fordham recently picked up two more signees as their total number now sits at seven new recruits.

Their most recent pickups are both graduate transfers: Rafaela Alhach from The College of William & Mary and Franny Shea from Davidson College. They are gaining much talent and should be able to reload effectively next season after most of the team finishes with their collegiate careers.