Comeback Falls Short in First NCAA Women's Tennis Match, as NYIT Hangs on Against WilmU, 4-2

Comeback Falls Short in First NCAA Women's Tennis Match, as NYIT Hangs on Against WilmU, 4-2

Courtesy of Wilmington University Athletics

FLUSHING, N.Y. (May 13, 2019) -- Competing in its first NCAA Division II East regional Tournament Match on Monday, the Wilmington University women's tennis team made a comeback effort against NYIT, but fell just short, 4-2, at the QC Tennis Center.

The fifth seeded Wildcats (10-9) got their first point of the day from Andrea Ribalta at No. 4 singles, cutting the deficit in half, 2-1. Sabrina Blasi-Smith then won at No. 5 singles, 6-1 and 6-3, to keep the Wildcats' hopes alive, 3-2, with singles play still going on at number one and three.

Tess Paya fought back from a set down to win the second set, 6-4, forcing a third and final frame at number three singles. Begona Gomar was trying to do the same at number one singles, but Barbie Quagliardi fought off four straight set points to come back and win the tiebreaker, 7-5, giving the Bears their fourth point of the match.

The Bears got off to a strong start in doubles play, winning at number three, 6-0, and then taking the point with a win at number two doubles, 6-1. Laura Gil and Andrea Ribalta were tied, 3-3, at number one doubles, when the match was halted.

Ribalta won her match at number four singles, 6-1 and 6-1.

The Wildcats captured their first Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Tournament Championship in the fall to earn the conference's automatic qualification into the NCAA Division II East Regional Tournament. Wilmington women's tennis just completed its third year of existence.

The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference is an NCAA Division II Conference composed of 14 institutions in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The member institutions are Bloomfield College, Caldwell University, Chestnut Hill College, Concordia (N.Y.) College, Dominican (N.Y.) College, Felician University, Georgian Court University, Goldey-Beacom College, Holy Family University, Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), Nyack College, Post University of Waterbury, University of the Sciences, and Wilmington University.