By Samip Delhiwala
Published: September 14th, 2017
The Bulldogs opened up their tennis season with a promising start, winning both of their home matches for an overall 2-1 record. But the team hit a roadblock right after, suffering a crushing defeat at the hands of the Panthers.
The Brooklyn College women’s tennis team struggled against the Purchase College Panthers, losing 1-8 on Tuesday afternoon at Purchase, NY.
The Panthers’ Caroline Haldeman-Emmerling defeated BC’s Rosa Askanov in the first singles match by walkover, but the Bulldogs managed to take the next one when Georgeen Belrose defeated Catherine Pasquale 6-2, 6-2.
However, Purchase bounced back in dominating fashion, as Abigal Cuddy defeated the Bulldogs’ Shannel Johnson 7-5, 6-3. The Panthers’ Raquelle DeCicco then shutout BC’s Rebecca Solano, and Amelia Rothbell followed up with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Natalie Abramov.
Purchase’s Nadia Shadi capped off the singles competition for the afternoon with a 6-0, 6-0 shutout over Chisara Cupid to give the Panthers five wins out of the six singles matches.
BC didn’t fare well in doubles competition, either.
The Panthers’ Shadi and DeCicco gave BC its first loss, cruising to an 8-1 doubles win over the Bulldogs’ Abramov and Cupid. Purchase’s Pasquale and Cuddy took the next doubles match, defeating BC’s Johnson and Belrose, 8-3. The Bulldogs’ Askanov and Rebecca Solano battled against the Panthers’ number one doubles duo of Caroline Haldeman-Emmerling and Sofia Rapisarda, taking the match to a tiebreaker but ultimately losing 9-8.
The Bulldogs were without their number one singles and doubles ace Ievgeniia Kostenko.
The loss drops the Bulldogs to an overall 2-2 record, with an 0-2 record on the road. Purchase’s win gave it a 1-1 overall record.
BC will have a chance to get back on track today at 4:00 p.m. on the BC Roosevelt Courts against City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) rival Baruch College.