How It Happened
Rhode Island (1-7) competed with a full lineup for the first time this spring and nearly pulled off the victory Sunday against Sienna. The Rams fell, 4-3, as the team result came down to the final match of the day.
After Sienna (6-3) won the doubles point, wins at No. 4 singles and No. 6 singles left the Saints one point away from clinching the victory. Rhode Island rallied to even the match. Junior Ariel Haber got the Rams on the board with a 6-1, 6-2 victory at No. 3 singles.
The comeback continued when sophomore Rachel Smilansky won her third straight singles match. Competing for the first time at No. 1 singles this season, she defeated Ivana Boberic in straight sets, 6-2, 7-5.
Freshman Halah Davis made the team score 3-3 by outlasting Anessa Leyva at No. 5 singles. After dropping the first set 3-6, Davis came back for the win, taking the second set 6-4 and the third set 6-3.
The match outcome came down to No. 2 singles between Sienna's Kylie Mullaney and Rhode Island's Mihaela Codreanu. All three sets were decided by a single break. Mullaney took the opening set, 7-5. Codreanu bounced back to win the second set 6-4, but Mullaney won the deciding set, 6-4.
1. Rachel Smilansky (R) def. Ivana Boberic, 6-2, 7-5
2. Kylie Mullaney (S) def. Mihaela Codreanu l, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4
3. Ariel Haber (R) def. Rina Sakai 6-1, 6-2
4. Nanea Perkins (S) def. Nicole Legler, 6-2, 6-1
5. Halah Davis (R) def. Anessa Layva, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
6. Juliana Goehner (S) def. Paige Alshon, 6-2, 6-4
1. Smilansky/Codreanu (R) def. Mullaney/Perkins, 6-4
2. Layva/Phillips (S) def. Davis/Alshon, 6-1
3. Boberic/Goehner (S) def. Haber/Nicole Legler, 6-2
Rhode Island begins conference play when it hosts Saint Louis Wednesday at noon at the URI Tennis Complex.