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Women's tennis team wins against Bucknell University

By Nikita Duke
On March 23, 2012


After suffering a six game losing streak to Southern Illinois University (6-1), Coastal Carolina University (7-0), Bethune Cookman University (4-3), University of Massachusetts (7-0), Brown University (7-0) and the New Jersey Institute of Technology (7-0), the University of Rhode Island snapped that streak with a 6-1 win over Bucknell University last Friday afternoon.

The Rams played some of their best tennis all season, especially with their singles play, which had been struggling during the six game losing streak.

Rhody swept all six singles matches with a win from seniors Pam Emery, Kristen Leikem and Tristany Leikem, as well as freshmen Kathleen Uy, Karolina Wojciak and Nithila Asokaraj.

Both Leikems sisters teamed up in doubles to beat their Bucknell opponents, 8-5, while Uy and Asokaraj fell just short, losing 9-8 (6).

"It was good for us to finally get a win after that frustrating losing streak," head coach Val Villucci said. "I am proud of our team. They really came out strong today and played some good tennis. It is one thing to win a match, but when you win one 6-1, it helps give your team some momentum."

The Rams will need all the momentum they can get as they head into the rest of their season. The girls will need to put some wins together to help pick up their record after the six losses.

"I have the utmost confidence in our players to step up and turn this season around. We have so much talent in this program," Villucci said.

The team will return to the court on Sunday, March 25, when it will host Marist College at 1 p.m.

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