The College of Staten Island women’s tennis team will be right back on the courts today after opening up the season yesterday, hosting Yeshiva University in a non-conference test at the CSI Tennis Center at 11:00am. The Dolphins dropped a tough decision yesterday to UMass-Boston, while Yeshiva enters having won their first outing against Western Connecticut State this past Thursday.
CSI vs. YESHIVA AT-A-GLANCE
Matchup: College of Staten Island (0-1 Overall, 0-0 CUNYAC) vs. Yeshiva University (1-0 Overall, 0-0 Skyline)
Where: CSI Tennis Center – 2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, NY
First Serve: 11:00 am
Players to Watch (CSI): Senior Michelle Kushnir was involved in CSI’s longest match, a three-set marathon that resulted in a tiebreaker loss. Three freshmen donned the lineup yesterday, including Dana Friedman and Hannah Bruschi, who both fared well despite first match losses. Fellow freshman Tristiana Adragna doubles on the women’s cross-country team and they are racing at Van Cortlandt Park. Adragna elected to hold serve with tennis, and is available for today’s match, having also made her collegiate debut yesterday.
Players to Watch (YU): The Maccabees enter this match with eight players on the roster that include seven juniors and seniors. Those players got off to a flying start with a solid 6-1 win over WCSU on Thursday. The two unfinished matches both had Yeshiva ahead. First singles ace Shani Hava won her match 6-0, 6-2, and she will anchor the Maccabees attack this season. She was excellent against the Dolphins last year in the top spot.
News and Notes: These two teams met in what was the season opener for both teams last year and it was an excellent match that saw CSI narrowly defeat YU, 5-4. CSI took two of three doubles flights to hold the advantage, later splitting singles. Only CSI’s Nozima Toshpulatova played in last year’s match on this year’s roster. Yeshiva finished 8-4 a year ago, and have had three straight winning seasons after falling below .500 for six straight seasons before. The Dolphins are trying to avoid their first 0-2 start since 2012.