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SRU Good News for May 11, 2009


Women's tennis team wins NCAA regional; heads to nationals

WEXFORD, Pa. - The 34th-ranked Slippery Rock University women's tennis team will compete in the NCAA Division II Round of 16, which starts Wednesday at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla. The trip comes after winning the final match of the NCAA Division II Atlantic 2 Regional Tournament last weekend.

The Green and White claimed a 5-0 win over 42nd-ranked Bloomsburg in the final match of the NCAA tournament at the Oxford Athletic Club.

SRU, which played in a regional final for the fourth consecutive season, won its first-ever regional title and Round of 16 berth in 2003.

SRU will face 50th-ranked St. Cloud State in its first Round of 16 match in the tournament that runs through Saturday.

Senior Laura Handy of Pittsburgh and sophomore Sarah Lynch of Gibsonia led the winning Rock effort Saturday as they each had a hand in two of the Green and White's points.

Handy, who was named last week as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Atlantic Region "Senior Player of the Year," teamed with fellow first-team All-PSAC-West performer Dunja Drmac of Split, Croatia, to record an 8-4 win in the No. 1 doubles match. Handy then handed All-PSAC-East singles performer Katie Hasyn a 6-1, 6-1 defeat in the No. 1 singles match.

Lynch, who earned All-PSAC-East honor as a singles player, beat All-PSAC-East singles selection Laura Sullivan 6-3, 6-1 in the No. 2 singles match to account for the final point in the match, which was played under the "Race to 5 format." That win came shortly after Lynch and freshman Janelle Krantz of Quarryville combined efforts to record an 8-2 victory in the No. 3 doubles match.

The other Rock point came via an 8-4 win by The Rock's tandem of junior Chelsea Gibson of Saxonburg and senior Jessica Hilborn of Pickerington, Ohio, over Bloomsburg's All-PSAC-East duo of Hasyn and Kristen Bonito.

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