Eight's Great!  Women's Tennis Scores Eight Titles at MAC Individual Championships

Eight’s Great! Women’s Tennis Scores Eight Titles at MAC Individual Championships

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (September 18, 2022) – First year Stephanie Untermeyer took gold at No. 2 singles as the Stevens Institute of Technology women’s tennis team totaled eight first-place finishes Sunday to wrap up the 2022 Middle Atlantic Conference Individual Championships. The two-day event was hosted jointly by Wilkes University and King’s College at the Ralston Athletic Complex at Kirby Park.

Stevens earned gold in five of the seven singles flights and three of the four double flights to earn the most first-place finishes of any team in the field. Misericordia University won gold at first singles and second doubles, while Lebanon Valley claimed the fifth singles title to round out the championship winners.

The eight championships won by Stevens on Sunday pushed the Ducks’ all-time total to 16 – eight in both singles and doubles competition – which ranks third in MAC history. Stevens trails former conference member Elizabethtown by just two championships, although the Ducks have amassed their 16 first-place finishes in just three seasons.

Untermeyer was joined atop the singles podium by junior Polina Odintsevea (No. 3), sophomore Emma Eguia (No. 4) and first-years Anya Sharma (No. 6) and Anusha Singh (No. 7). Eguia and Singh’s triumphs were the first individual championship for the program in those particular flights.

Untermeyer dropped just six games over three matches in reaching the final. The Dallas, Texas native then scored an impressive 7-6, 6-0 win over top-seeded Emily Brecker of Misericordia to win her first individual crown. Odintseva, meanwhile, had a highly competitive semifinal match against second-seeded Lydia Barbour of Misericordia – winning the third set 10-7 to advance to the final, where she topped Lebanon Valley’s Livia Jackson in straight sets (6-4, 6-3 ).

Eguia captured her first individual title in impressive fashion. After an opening-round bye, the Lima, Peru native dropped just two games across three matches to secure her title. She defeated fourth-seeded Brianna Rohrer of York in the championship match. Sharma (No. 6) and Singh (No. 7) combined for six straight-set wins in earning their respective gold medals to wrap up singles play..

In double action, Untermeyer teamed with graduate student Agatha Malinowski to take gold in the first position, dropping just five games across three matches in reaching the championship. In the final, the pair earned a hard-fought 8-6 over the top seed in the bracket – Misericordia’s Brianna Pizzano and Emily Brecker. Sharma and Eguia dropped just four games through the entire tournament to take gold on line three and first-year Aliona Heitz teamed with senior Juliet Marchisio to win the crown on line four with an 8-4 win over Lebanon Valley’s Brianna Trace and Abbey DeLiso.

Malinowski finished second at first singles, while sophomore Isabella Dona earned silver at fifth singles, while also partnering with Odintseva to take silver at second doubles as the Ducks earned top-two finishes in all 11 flights.

Up Next: Women’s Tennis wraps up the fall portion of its 2022-23 schedule on Sept. 23, when the Ducks kick off the ITA Atlantic South Region Championships. The three-day event will be hosted by the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

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