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Playoff Preview: #4 D'Youville vs. #1 Franciscan

Playoff Preview: #4 D'Youville vs. #1 Franciscan

Who: #4 D'Youville Spartans vs. #1 Franciscan Barons - Women's Tennis

What: AMCC Championship Tournament - Semifinals

Where: Westwood Racquet Club / Erie, PA.

When: Saturday, October 19 - 3:30pm


Buffalo, NY - Following a 5-1 victory over the #5 Pitt.-Bradford Panthers last Saturday in the first round of the AMCC playoffs, the D'Youville women's tennis team will take on the top seeded Franciscan Barons this Saturday in the AMCC semifinals.

Three total points came from the dup of Alisson Meissner (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) and Lauren Karoglan (Orchard Park, NY/Orchard Park) at the top of the lineup for the women in the win over the Panthers last Saturday. Meissner and Karoglan each earned a point in their singles matches with Meissner coming from behind to earn a 1-6, 6-4, 1-0 (11-9) victory while Karoglan handled her opponent 6-1, 6-0. The two then took down their doubles opponent 8-2 for three big points.

An additional point was earned by the doubles partners of Lexi Dickson (Hamilton, Ont./Frontier) and Amanda Waliszewski (Sanborn, NY/Niagara-Wheatfield) came up with an 8-5 win with Dena Iadanza (Vestal, NY/Vestal) getting another point for the women with a singles win of 6-2, 7-5. Three singles matches went unfinished as Julia Clapper (Cleveland, OH/Highland), Faith Falkowski (Batavia, NY/Notre Dame), and Waliszewski all led their singles matches prior to them ending early.

In regular season action, the Spartans came away with a 5-3 conference record with two of their losses being decided by a point. Their toughest match came from the Barons as Franciscan finished the regular season with a perfect 8-0 conference record, including a 9-0 victory over D'Youville.

The Spartans fought hard in each of their individual and doubles matches against Franciscan, with the reigning conference champs coming out on top. Since their match in late September, the Spartans are 3-1 with all three wins coming against conference opponents.

The winner of tomorrow's match will take on the winner of #6 Penn State-Altoona and #2 Medaille tomorrow afternoon for the AMCC Championship.