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Women's Tennis Drops Home NEWMAC Match to Wheaton College

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., September 16, 2006 – Springfield College freshman Kaitlynn Cates (Middlebury, Conn.) defeated Wheaton College senior Darby McDermott at #2 singles, 5-7, 6-4 (10-2), but it was the Lyons which defeated the Pride by a final score of 8-1 this afternoon at the Appleton Courts in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action.

Wheaton improves to a perfect 6-0 overall on the season and 2-0 in conference play, as SC falls to 1-2 overall and 0-2 in the NEWMAC.

Senior Jamie Weiss and freshman Katherine Knies teamed up at #1 doubles to defeat Pride sophomore Melissa Weinstein (Allentown, Pa.) and Cates by a margin of 8-2. Weiss and Knies then went on to capture their respective singles matches in straight sets, at #3 and #4, respectively.

Also picking up singles victories for the Lyons included junior Briana Jackson at #1 singles, 6-1, 6-3, sophomore Oriana Federico at #5 singles, 6-4, 6-1, and sophomore Maya Milic-Strkalj at #6 singles, 6-0, 6-1.

For SC’s Cates, the freshman remains undefeated in singles play for her collegiate career, as she has started her first three matches in a Pride uniform with three consecutive wins.

SC will next host Clark University in yet another conference match on Tuesday, September 19th, in a 4:00 p.m. start at the Appleton Courts.

Singles Play:
#1 – Briana Jackson (WC) def. Melissa Weinstein (SC) – 6-1, 6-3
#2 – Kaitlynn Cates (SC) def. Darby McDermott (WC) – 5-7, 6-4, (10-2)
#3 – Jamie Weiss (WC) def. Shannon Desroches (SC) – 6-1, 6-0
#4 – Katherine Knies (WC) def. Jenny Cameron (SC) – 6-1, 6-2
#5 – Oriana Federico (WC) def. Jessica Sousa (SC) – 6-4, 6-1
#6 – Maya Milic-Strkalj (WC) def. Danielle Lamb (SC) – 6-0, 6-1

Doubles Play:
#1 – Weiss/Knies (WC) def. Weinstein/Cates (SC) – 8-2
#2 – McDermott/Jackson (WC) def. Desroches/Sousa (SC) – 8-3
#3 – Milic-Strkajl/Mallory Farmer (WC) def. Cameron/Lamb (SC) – 8-0

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