How It Happened
Sophomore Rachel Smilansky won her third straight singles match, but Rhode Island (1-8, 0-1 Atlantic 10) fell to Saint Louis, 6-1, in its conference opener Wednesday.
Smilansky gave the Rams their lone point of the match when she defeated Ally McKenzie 6-1, 6-4 at No. 1 singles. It was the second straight-set victory in as many matches since Smilansky was moved to the top spot in the lineup.
Rhode Island nearly took the points at the top two spots, as sophomore Mihaela Codreanu had a strong performance at No. 2 singles. After Cassie McKenzie took the opening set 6-3, Codreanu took the second set, 6-3, to knot the score. McKenzie outlasted Codreanu 7-5 in the third to claim the victory.
Freshman Halah Davis continued her strong play of late. After dropping the first set 6-2, Davis pushed Saint Louis' Ariana Rodriguez to the brink in the second set before falling 7-6.
1. Rachel Smilansky (R) def. Ally McKenzie, 6-1, 6-4
2. Cassie McKenzie (S) def. Mihaela Codreanu, 3-6, 6-3, 5-7
3. Mariluz Rojo (S) def. Ariel Haber 6-3, 6-1
4. Alana Bourgeois (S) def. Nicole Legler, 6-0, 6-0
5. Ariana Rodriguez (S) def. Halah Davis 6-2, 7-6 (4)
6. Alba Salinas (S) def. Paige Alshon, 6-0, 6-1
1. A. McKenie/C. McKenzie (S) def. Smilansky/Codreanu, 5-4 (dnf)
2. Rojo/Bourgeois (S) def. Davis/Alshon, 6-3
3. Sailnas/Rodriguez (S) def. Haber/Nicole Legler, 6-0
Rhode Island is back in action Friday when it hosts Dayton at the Centre Court Tennis Club in East Providence.