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October 10th, 2012

New Paltz tennis falls to Geneseo in SUNYAC final



New Paltz senior Alli Esposito (pictured) and sophomore Jessica Schmidt were defeated by Geneseo’s Amanda Rosati and Sarah Shields, 8-0, in the SUNYAC finals. Photo: Ed Diller
By David Spiegel

BINGHAMTON – For the second straight year, the State University of New York at New Paltz women’s tennis team (8-2, 3-0 SUNYAC East) fell to SUNY Geneseo (8-1, 3-0 SUNYAC West) in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Women’s Tennis Championship Tournament final, dropping a 5-0 decision on Sunday at the Binghamton Tennis Center.

Geneseo earned an automatic berth into the 2013 NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Championship Tournament for the second consecutive year.
Seniors Montana Wilson and Kayla DiPaulo fell to Mare Santos and Katie Talbot, 8-0, at No. 1 doubles, while junior Paige Munroe and sophomore Devin Tracy lost to Dexuan Yuan and Minxuan Yuan, 8-2, at No. 2. Senior Alli Esposito and sophomore Jessica Schmidt were beaten by Amanda Rosati and Sarah Shields, 8-0, at flight three.

Only two singles matches needed to be played to completion to decide the match. At flight three singles, Munroe was defeated by Talbot, 6-1, 6-0, and Schmidt fell at No. 5 to Sarah Shields, 6-1, 6-2.

The second place finish for the Hawks marks the 11th straight season in which New Paltz finished in the top two in the SUNYAC Tournament.

The SUNYAC Tournament marks the end of the fall season for New Paltz. The Hawks’ spring season will pick up once again in March 2013.

Singles competition:
1. Montana Wilson (NP) vs. Mare Santos (GEN) 3-6, 2-5, unfinished
2. Kayla DiPaulo (NP) vs. Dexuan Yuan (GEN) 6-2, 2-2, unfinished
3. Katie Talbot (GEN) def. Paige Munroe (NP) 6-1, 6-0
4. Alli Esposito (NP) vs. Amanda Rosati (GEN) 6-2, 1-3, unfinished
5. Sarah Shields (GEN) def. Jessica Schmidt (NP) 6-1, 6-2
6. Laura Tierney (NP) vs. Zakiyyah Abdus-Salaa (GEN) 1-6, 1-4, unfinished

Doubles competition:
1. Mare Santos/Katie Talbot (GEN) def. Montana Wilson/Kayla DiPaulo (NP) 8-0
2. Dexuan Yuan/Minxuan Yuan (GEN) def. Paige Munroe/Devin Tracy (NP) 8-2
3. Amanda Rosati/Sarah Shields (GEN) def. Alli Esposito/Jessica Schmidt (NP) 8-0

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