Rhode Island Narrowly Drops 4-3 Home Match vs. Fordham

Rhode Island Narrowly Drops 4-3 Home Match vs. Fordham

How It Happened
Rhode Island narrowly fell, 4-3, at home to Atlantic 10 opponent Fordham.  Both Rhody and Fordham split the #2 and 3 doubles, respectively, before the Bronx Rams earned the point by rallying from behind at the #1 doubles spot.

Rhode Island tied the match after Mihaela Codreanu's straight-set win at #1 singles.  Fordham took a 3-1 lead after winning at #5 and 6.  A win by Rachel Smilansky at #3 singles put URI within one, at 3-2, before Fordham pulled out the victory at #2 singles.

Singles
No. 1 | Mihaela Codreanu (URI) def. Carina Ma (FORD) 6-0, 6-1
No. 2 | Estelle Wong (FORD) def. Emily Zargham (URI) 7-6, 7-5
No. 3 | Rachel Smilansky (URI) def. Maia Balce (FORD) 6-4, 7-5
No. 4 | Tiara Higuchi (URI) def. Mayu Sato (FORD) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
No. 5 | Gianna Insogna (FORD) def. Ariel Haber (URI) 6-1, 6-3
No. 6 | Destiny Grunin (FORD) def. Jordan Rucks (URI) 6-3, 6-2

Doubles
No. 1 | Ma/Wong (FORD) def. Zargham/Smilansky (URI) 6-4
No. 2 | Codreanu/Higuchi (URI) def. Balce/Carolina Ma (FORD) 6-2
No. 3 | Sato/Zobeideh (FORD) def. Alshon/Haber (URI) 6-1

Quotable:
"The match started as close as can be, narrowly dropping the doubles point. We had several outstanding performances in singles play and I am extremely proud of our composure and sportsmanship thru a difficult match."
- head coach Tim Murphy

What's Next
Rhode Island hosts Army on Tuesday, April 11 at the Hassenfeld Tennis Complex in Kingston.