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Updated: September 19, 2012 - 6:26 p.m. (ET)
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WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - The Monmouth University women's tennis team fell in its Northeast Conference opener, 7-0, to Sacred Heart, Wednesday afternoon.  With the loss, the Hawks fall to 0-2 (0-1 NEC) on the year, while the Pioneers improve to 1-0 (1-0 NEC) after their first dual match.

In third singles, Ashley Sandler (Jericho, N.Y./Syosset) nearly took her opponent, Katie DeRienzo, to a third set.  After falling in the opening set, 6-2, the sophomore held a 5-4 edge, but ultimately fell, 7-5.  The Pioneers won all three doubles matches and took all six singles spots to earn the 7-0 victory.

Monmouth hits the road this weekend for the Navy Tournament, held in Annapolis, Md.

Sacred Heart 7, Monmouth University 0
Singles competition
1. KALDAN, Gabi (SHU) def. LIPPENS, Nicole (MU-W) 6-1, 6-1
2. RYDZEWSKI, Nicole (SHU) def. VERDIGLIONE, Brooke (MU-W) 6-1, 6-2
3. DERIENZO, Katie (SHU) def. SANDLER, Ashley (MU-W) 6-2, 7-5
4. POST, Lindsey (SHU) def. FERRARI, Dana (MU-W) 6-2, 6-0
5. OLSON, Paige (SHU) def. TURNER, Sarah (MU-W) 6-0, 6-0
6. MIGLIORINI, Alyssa (SHU) def. ELLIS, Emily (MU-W) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. KALDAN, Gabi/POST, Lindsey (SHU) def. LIPPENS, Nicole/VERDIGLIONE, Brooke (MU-W) 8-1
2. RYDZEWSKI, Nicole/DERIENZO, Katie (SHU) def. SANDLER, Ashley/FERRARI, Dana (MU-W) 8-3
3. OLSON, Paige/DUBITS, Haley (SHU) def. ELLIS, Emily/D'ARCY, Liz (MU-W) 8-3

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