The College of Staten Island women’s tennis squad fought off the darkness long enough to score a convincing, 6-0, win over visiting St. Joseph’s College (LI) as part of non-conference play at the CSI Tennis Center this afternoon. The Dolphins lifted to 6-3 overall thanks to their third-straight win, while the Eagles fell to 4-2.
Right out of the chute, the Dolphins caught a break by being awarded a 2-0 edge. Due to classroom commitments, The Eagles came short-handed, and defaulted on No. 3 Doubles and No. 6 Singles, giving CSI the 2-0 edge. CSI promptly doubled that lead after doubles play. At the No.2 position, the duo of Sabrina Bragerton-Nasert and Madiha Mulla were sensational in a 8-0 win over SJC’s Rita Wehrli and Erika Hasselberg. Singles play started moments later, but while that took place, the top team of Nozima Toshpulatova and Michelle Kushnir secured CSI’s fourth point with an 8-2 winner over SJC’s Kelley McGrath and Kerri Cetin.
Dusk then crept in, and without lights, the players moved quickly to finish their matches. Coming off for CSI first was the clinching point form Bragerton-Nasert, as she was able to defeat Wehrli by a convincing 6-0, 6-2, score at No. 2 Singles. Two flights lower, Mulla was very efficient in a 6-2, 6-1, win over Hasselberg. With darkness making things too difficult to play on, the remaining singles matches were halted and CSI was awarded the 6-0 victory.
The Dolphins will now be idle until Tuesday, October 7, when they travel to Jamaica, NY, to take on York College in a CUNYAC test at 3:30pm.