Eight is great! Women’s tennis wins eight individual MAC championship titles
WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania (September 18, 2022) – First year Stephanie Untermeyer won No. 2 singles gold as the Stevens Institute of Technology women’s tennis team totaled eight top-place finishes on Sunday to wrap up the 2022 Mid-Atlantic Conference Individual Championships. The two-day event was was hosted jointly by Wilkes University and King’s College at the Ralston Athletic Complex in Kirby Park.
Stevens won gold in five of seven singles steals and three of four doubles steals to earn the most first-place finishes of any team on the court. Misericordia University won gold in the first singles and second doubles, while Lebanon Valley won the fifth singles title to complete the championship winners.
The eight championships Stevens won on Sunday brought the Ducks’ all-time total to 16 – eight in singles and doubles – which ranks third in MAC history. Stevens trails the former Elizabethtown Conference member by just two championships, although the Ducks have amassed their first 16 finishes in just three seasons.
Untermeyer was joined on the singles podium by junior Polina Odintsevea (#3), a sophomore Emma Eguia (#4) and early years Anya Sharma (#6) and Anusha Singh (#7). Eguia and Singh’s triumphs were the program’s first individual championship in those particular flights.
Untermeyer lost just six games in three matches to reach the final. The Dallas, Texas native then pulled off an impressive 7-6, 6-0 victory over top seed Emily Brecker of Misericordia to claim her first individual crown. Odintseva, meanwhile, contested a highly competitive semi-final against second seed Lydia Barbour of Misericordia – winning the third set 10-7 to advance to the final, where she beat Lebanon Valley’s Livia Jackson in two straights. sets (6-4, 6-3).
Eguia won his first individual title in impressive fashion. After a first-round bye, the Lima, Peru native lost just two games in three matches to secure her title. She defeated fourth-seeded Brianna Rohrer of York in the championship match. Sharma (#6) and Singh (#7) combined for six straight victories as they claimed their respective gold medals to wrap up the singles game.
In double action, Untermeyer teamed up with a graduate student Agatha Malinowski to claim gold in first position, losing just five out of three matches to reach the championship. In the final, the pair won a tough 8-6 fight against the group’s first seed – Brianna Pizzano and Misericordia’s Emily Brecker. Sharma and Eguia lost just four games throughout the tournament to claim gold in line three and year one Aliona Heitz teams up with seniors Juliet Marchisio to claim the crown on line four with an 8-4 victory over Brianna Trace and Abbey DeLiso of Lebanon Valley.
Malinowski finished second in the first singles, while the second Isabelle Dona won silver in the fifth singles, while also partnering with Odintseva to win silver in the second doubles as the Ducks placed in the top two in the 11 steals.
Up next: Women’s tennis wraps up the fall portion of its 2022-23 schedule on Sept. 23, when the Ducks kick off the ITA South Atlantic Region Championships. The three-day event will be hosted by the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
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