Tennis beats U of R in final SUNYAC tune-up

With a 5-3 triumph over the University of Rochester on Tuesday, the Geneseo women's tennis team put the exclamation point on their third straight undefeated fall regular season.

The win was their first over Rochester in six meetings and served as a final tune-up before this weekend's SUNYAC Tournament. "They're really an accomplished team, so we knew we would have our hands full," said coach Jim Chen, "I felt we could rise to the challenge and I did say that to the team, so it is nice that we prevailed."

The Lady Knights were aided by a superb performance from freshman Melissa Baker, who won her singles match 6-3, 6-3 to go along with an 8-2 win at third doubles with fellow freshman Lauren Johnson.

Heading into freshman Julia Passik's match at third singles, the score was knotted at 3-3. Passik's 6-1, 6-1 win, followed by sophomore Molly Dingley's three set win at fifth singles, secured the Geneseo victory and the 10-0 fall season.

Prior to Tuesday's contest, the Lady Knights stormed past Cortland, 7-2, and Oswego, 8-1.

Given the team's performances against SUNYAC opponents thus far, Chen was understandably optimistic when looking ahead to this weekend's tournament.

"I reminded the team from the beginning that our goal was to win SUNYACs and go to the [NCAA tournament]," said Chen. "[The players] are confident, certainly not overconfident. We are prepared … and I know that they're ready for the challenge."

One issue for the team entering the tournament is the health of junior Erika Pumple. Bothered by a nagging shoulder injury, the star junior has seen her playing time limited in an effort to save her for SUNYACs.

"We did hold her off for a couple of matches," said Chen, "I think she is recovered. [Last week] she said to her partner Julia Passik, 'I think we're back.'"

The SUNYAC Tournament opens in Manlius, N.Y. on Friday, Oct. 10, and concludes with the championship on Sunday.