By Michael Otero
Coming off their dominant performance against Cannoneers from Pratt Institute on Friday, Oct. 3, the Pioneer tennis team looked to continue its stellar play on Thursday, Oct. 9, when visiting Philadelphia. The Pioneers claimed two out of three doubles matches, as well as four out of six singles matches, en route to their 6-3 victory over the Tigers from Holy Family University.
Juniors Didi Fatchikova and Lucie Chrastecka won in straight sets, each still owning perfect records in singles competition this season. The two later paired up and defeated the Tigers 8-2 in their doubles match. Of all their matches this season, the pair has only lost once. The two are also playing their best when it counts the most, as they are undefeated in conference matches in both singles and doubles play.
Sophomore Laura Harwell cruised in her two-set victory, while fellow sophomore Heena Kewalramani battled junior Alina Nersesyan. The sophomore showed her toughness after dropping the first set, coming back to win the next two sets by a score of 6-4 and 12-10. The sophomore duo kept their momentum going in their doubles match, cruising to an 8-1 victory.
With the non-conference win, the Pioneers improve their overall record to 6-2 and have now won two straight. Five of the six Pioneer victories have come by three points or more, showing what kind of season they are having. In the East Coast Conference standings, they are now looking up at two teams, both of which are undefeated.
Head Coach Darrel Bielawski and his team are back in action on Friday, Oct. 17, when they face the Lions from Molloy College. The matches are set to begin at 3 p.m. at West Hempstead, N.Y.