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WOMEN’S TENNIS DROPS MATCHES TO PRINCETON AND DELAWARE STATE

Updated: April 05, 2012 - 10:40 p.m. (ET)
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WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J.- Monmouth University's women's tennis team fell to Princeton and Delaware State on Wednesday and Thursday.

Playing against Princeton's "B" team, the Haws were able to get singles wins at No. 2 and  the No. 6 singles slots. Sophomore Brooke Verdiglione (Englishtown, N.J./St. John Vianney) secured an 8-2 win over Kelsea Best at the No. 2 spot while Jessica Slinger (Tinton Falls, N.J./Monmouth Regional) got her first singles win since coming back from ACL surgery, defeating Grace fish. Freshman Liz D'Arcy (Colonia, N.J./Wardlaw-Hartridge) was up 3-0 on Steph Sher at the No. 5 spot but eventually fell 8-3. Rookie Ashley Sandler (Jericho, N.Y./Syosset) battled Hillary Bernstein in the third singles match, getting edged 8-6. Sandler was up 40-love in a game trailing 7-6 but Bernstein was able to rally for the win. The Tigers swept the doubles matches.

In Thursday's home match with the Hornets, Hawks Dana Ferrari (Saddlebrook, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) and Slinger kept it close in the second doubles match, eventually falling 8-4 to Kristena Aleksic and Marina Sicic. Delaware State swept the other two doubles match 8-0 to earn the team point.

Singles proved to be just as much of a challenge against the Hornets, who have won a school record 14 consecutive matches. D'Arcy played Maja Banas in a match in which she eventually fell 6-2, 6-3 in the No. five spot. Slinger lost to Cristina Andrade 6-1, 6-3 at the No. 6 slot.

The Hawks will host Saint Francis College at home on Monday at 3:30 p.m.

Princeton 5, Monmouth 2 (4/4/12)
1S:  Alex Szuzuka d. Lippens 8-2
2S:  Verdiglione d. Kelsea Best 8-2
3S;  Hiliary Bernstein d. Sandler 8-6  
4S:  Alex Epps d. Ferrari 8-1
5S:  Steph Sher d. D'Arcy 8-3  
6S:  Jess Slinger d. Grace Fish 8-5 

1D:  Alexa Karkaris/Epps d. Lippens/Verdiglione  9-7
2D:  Bernstien/Diana Davodiasl d. Ferrari/slinger  8-3
3D:  Best/Fish d. D'Arcy/Sarah Turner 8-2

Delaware State 7, Monmouth 0 (4/5/12)
1S:  Ksenia Kozlova d. Lippens 6-1,6-1
2S;  Kristena Aleksic d. Verdiglione 6-2,6-0
3S:  Marina Sicic d. Sandler 5-0, default
4S:  Vanja Andonov d. Ferrari 6-0,6-0
5S:  Maja Banas d. D'Arcy 6-2,6-3
6S:  Cristina Andrade d. Slinger 6-1,6-3

Doubles Results
1D:  Banas/Kozlova d. Lippens/Verdiglione 8-0
2D:  Sicic/Aleksic d. Ferrari/Slinger  8-4
3D:  Andiade/Andonova d. D'Arcy/Sarah Turner 8-0

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