The College of Staten Island women’s tennis team was on the losing side of the ledger for the first time this season, falling to visiting William Paterson University by a 6-3 count this afternoon as part of non-conference play at the CSI Tennis Center. The Dolphins fell to 2-1 overall, while WPU evened to 2-2.
The Dolphins opened with a win at No. 2 Doubles, as the team of Sabrina Bragerton-Nasert and Madiha Mulla were victorious over the Pioneers’ Caitlin Pariso and Ashley Vidal by an 8-1 count. Moments later though, WPU got even with an 8-3 win in the No. 3 position for Jessica Daniels and Summer Bernales. In a crucial match at No. 1 Doubles, CSI’s team of Nozima Toshpulatova and Michelle Kushnir got themselves a 4-1 lead over WPU’s Brittany LaBruna and Kristy Daubert, but the Pioneers rallied back to score seven straight points and took an 8-4 win to give the visitors a 2-1 lead after doubles play.
CSI was able to come away with a pair of victories in singles. In the second spot, Bragerton-Nasert powered to a win over Daniels, 6-0, 6-1, while down at No. 5, Kushnir soundly defeated Ashley Vidal by a 6-0, 6-2, count. Freshman Sandra Samuel made her collegiate debut at No. 4 Singles for the Dolphins, falling to Caitlin Pariso, 6-2, 6-1.
The Dolphins will be right back in action tomorrow, when they travel to face Lehman College in the Bronx for a CUNYAC matchup at 3:30pm. The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday but was rained out.