Who: D'Youville Women's Tennis
What: AMCC Playoffs - First Round
Where: Village Glen Tennis Club/Williamsville, NY
When: Sunday, October 21 @ 2:30pm
Buffalo, NY - With their best season since 2011, the D'Youville women's tennis team is heading back to the postseason as they will play the Medaille Mavericks this Sunday in the first round of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) playoffs.
D'Youville have been led by two players on different ends of their careers. Freshman Lauren Karoglan (Orchard Park, NY/Orchard Park) and senior Gillian Wittig (Depew, NY/Depew) have been at the top of the Spartan's lineup all season long and have been thriving in each of their roles.
Karoglan has stepped in as a freshman and become the the team's top singles player. She has gone 10-2 in all of her singles matches as the team's number one. Behind her is Wittig, who has moved to the number two singles slot and hit that position in stride. She is 9-3 in all singles matches this season but has been the physical and emotional leader of the team. In both matches against Medaille this season, each have been victorious in each of their singles matches going a combined 4-0.
The two have teamed up and been one of the best doubles pairings in the conference. The two have played every doubles match this season together and have recorded a 9-3 record. In conference they have gone 4-2, including defeating Medaille's top doubles pairing 8-1 twice.
Junior Dena Iadanza (Vestal, NY/Vestal) has carved out a role for herself as the team's number three and she has played a big part in the team's success this season. She has earned two wins in conference play and has been in the second doubles pairing throughout the season with freshman Amanda Waliszewski (Sanborn, NY/Niagara-Wheatfield). Waliszewski has worked with Iadanza for two conference wins in their doubles pairing and has had a strong first season with the team as the fifth singles player.
Alisson Meissner (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg), Lexi Dickson (Hamilton, Ont./Hamburg), and Bryannia Sutton (Mexico, NY/Mexico) have all been contributors to the women's team and helped them with their big season. Sutton and Meissner helped pick up two wins in doubles and Meissner has picked up four wins as a singles player. Dickson has added two of her own as well, both conference victories,
The Spartans are 0-2 against the Mavericks thus far in 2018, but each match have been victories for Medaille by the final score of 5-4. The top of D'Youville's lineup has been dominant over Medaille with Karoglan and Wittig earning going undefeated as singles and doubles player. Iadanza and Meissner each adding points as well.
Medaille has an 8-4 overall record this season and are 5-3 in conference. They won their final three matches of the season and are 7-2 in their last nine games. Of the conference games they have won, they have defeated all of the same teams with the only difference in their records being the Medaille victory in the last match of the regular season.
The conference rivals will battle this Sunday, October 21 at the Village Glen Tennis Club at 2:30pm.