After a 10-match season this fall, the College of Staten Island women’s tennis team is resuming their 2018-19 season today, when they host Molloy College at the CSI Tennis Center, for the first time under new Head Coach Ryan Frankel. CSI went 3-7 this fall, and host a Lions team that went 3-6 during the fall season.
CSI vs. MOLLOY COLLEGE
Matchup: College of Staten Island (3-7) vs. Molloy College (3-6)
Where: CSI Tennis Center – 2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, NY
All-Time Series: CSI leads, 8-6
Last Meeting: October 23, 1996 – CSI won 6-1
Players to Watch (CSI): CSI’s Singles leader in 2018 was Mariah DeGuia, who finished with a 5-4 overall record that included a mark of 3-2 in the No. 4 position. DeGuia, along with Hannah Bruschi, achieved two wins in the No. 3 position as well, while Tristiana Adragna achieved a 2-5 record in the top spot. CSU went 5-4 at the Nos. 3-4 flights during Singles play in 2018 and will look to build on the success right in the middle of their lineup.
Players to Watch (MC): Keep your eye on Katie Alexanderson. She posted a 3-4 record this fall and won a pair of matches at the No. 4 position. She, along with Samantha Bloecker, led Molloy with those three singles wins. Bloecker went 3-5 overall, all at the Nos. 4-6 positions. The team of Bloecker and Montaine Le Goupil-Maier were tops on the team in Doubles with an overall mark of 3-4 as a tandem, a mark that includes a 3-3 mark at their usual No. 2 position.
News & Notes: Although they have not faced off in over 22 years, this rivalry is not new for the programs. These two teams faced off 14 teams from 1981-1996, and it was a series that swung in both directions. Molloy won the first six meetings in the series but CSI returned the favor with eight-straight wins from 1987-96. The last time these two teams faced off in Staten Island was back in 1994, a 9-0 CSI win back when CSI played their tennis at the Sunnyside campus. The two teams share no common opponents this year. Molloy is member of the East Coast Conference of NCAA Division II.