WINCHESTER, Mass. – Facing just its second deficit after doubles this season, the Johnson & Wales University women's tennis team had to rally in singles in order to claim its second GNAC Championship in a row. The Wildcats won the first four singles matches to defeat Simmons, 5-2, at the Winchester Tennis Center.
Johnson & Wales finishes the fall season with a 15-1 record. Simmons dropped to 11-6. JWU receives the GNAC's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament, which is held in May.
The Wildcats got the first point of the day when Nina Cohen (Guatemala City, Guatemala) and Delaney Macchirole (Greenport, N.Y.) won 8-3 at number one doubles. The Sharks won at number two and three for a 2-1 lead after doubles.
Cohen, the tournament MVP, tied the match when she picked up a 6-0, 6-0 win at number one singles over Jessica Schroedl. Macchirole put the Wildcats ahead when she beat Michelle Medici, 6-0, 6-4 at number four.
Madison Hernandez (Phoenix, Ariz.) won a first-set tiebreaker then went on to beat Celia Speth, 7-6 (4), 6-2 at number five. Wrapping up the championship was Holly Olson (Mukwonago, Wisc.) as she rebounded from a first-set loss to win at number six 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 against Paola Rios.
Johnson & Wales 5, Simmons College 2
Oct 22, 2017 at Winchester, Mass. (Winchester Indoor Tennis Courts)
1. Nina Cohen (JWU) def. Jessica Schroedl (SIM) 6-0, 6-0
2. Taylor Klein (JWU) def. Nickie Nguyen (SIM) 6-1, 3-6 2-1 Unfinished
3. Lauren Torre (JWU) def. Marissa Johnson (SIM) 6-1, 6-7 (5), 0-0 Unfinished
4. Delaney Macchirole (JWU) def. Michelle Medici (SIM) 6-0, 6-4
5. Madison Hernandez (JWU) def. Celia Speth (SIM) 7-6 (4), 6-2
6. Holly Olson (JWU) def. Paola Rios (SIM) 4-6, 6-0, 6-3
1. Nina Cohen/Delaney Macchirole (JWU) def. Jessica Schroedl/Olivia Lakes (SIM) 8-3
2. Nickie Nguyen/Marissa Johnson (SIM) def. Madison Hernandez/Holly Olson (JWU) 8-4
3. Paola Rios/Celia Speth (SIM) def. Claire Parry/Thapenga Flores (JWU) 9-8 (3)
Johnson & Wales: 14-1
Simmons College: 11-6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,4,5,6)
GNAC All-Tournament Team:
Nina Cohen, Johnson & Wales (MVP)
Madison Hernandez, Johnson & Wales
Holly Olson, Johnson & Wales
Marissa Johnson, Simmons
Nicki Nguyen, Simmons
Carly Donovan, Regis
Delaney Dunlap, Suffolk