Rams Defeat St. Joe's in Conference Match

2011 Farmingdale State Women's Tennis Team
2011 Farmingdale State Women's Tennis Team

- Rossano Involved in Two Tiebreakers -

West Islip, N.Y. - Junior Kristina Rossano (Franklin Square, N.Y.) secured two points with her tiebreaker victories in Sunday's women's tennis match against St. Joseph's, where the Rams came home with a 5-4 conference win to improve to 8-4 overall, 4-2 in Skyline play.

Freshmen Jessica Sickles (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) and Alexandra Bentz (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) both went 2-0 in the all-important victory for the Rams. Sickles won 7-5, 6-0 at first singles and teamed with Rossano at first doubles for the win. Bentz improved to 12-0 overall at second singles with a 6-2, 6-4 victory and teamed with freshman Liliya Dyakiv (Shirley, N.Y.) in a win at second doubles 8-3.

Farmingdale State is now tied for 2nd place with St. Joe's and Purchase, all with a 4-2 record going into the playoffs. Due to the tiebreaker rules, the total individual matches won between the three teams in question will determine the seedings. St. Joseph's will be the #2 seed (10 matches won), the Rams are #3 seed (9 matches won) and Purchase is the #4 seed (8 matches won).

The Rams will face #2 seed St. Joseph's in the Skyline Semifinal round on Wednesday, October 26th at St. John the Baptist High School in West Islip at 7:00 p.m.


Farmingdale State 5, St. Joseph's-LI 4
Oct 23, 2011 at West Islip, NY (St. John the Baptist)

Singles competition
1. Sickles, Jessica (FSCW) def. Soeder, Katie (SJC-W-11) 7-5, 6-0
2. Bentz, Alex (FSCW) def. Marroquin, Nancy (SJC-W-11) 6-2, 6-4
3. Rossano, Kristina (FSCW) def. Hartmann, Carolyn (SJC-W-11) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
4. Barlow, Elizabeth (SJC-W-11) def. Dyakiv, Liliya (FSCW) 6-1, 6-3
5. Dorsey, Katelyn (SJC-W-11) def. Earlie, Laura (FSCW) 6-0, 6-2
6. Merker, Lindsey (SJC-W-11) def. Lebrun, Alex (FSCW) 6-0, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. Sickles, Jessica/Rossano, Kristina (FSCW) def. Soeder, Katie/Marroquin, Nancy (SJC-W-11) 9-8 (7-4)
2. Bentz, Alex/Dyakiv, Liliya (FSCW) def. Hartmann, Carolyn/Semertzides, Maria (SJC-W-11) 8-3
3. Dorsey, Katelyn/Barlow, Elizabeth (SJC-W-11) def. Earlie, Laura/Tomasulo, Rachel (FSCW) 8-2
Match Notes
Farmingdale State 8-4, 4-2 SKY

St. Joseph's-LI 9-3, 4-2 SKY