NEWBURGH, N.Y. – Senior Carole Allers (Wilton, CT) captured a pair of victories, at second singles and top-flight doubles, along with Emma Chapman (Danbury, CT), but the Western Connecticut State University women's tennis team were edged out, 5-4 in its season opener at Mount St. Mary College on Thursday night.
Three Knights, including junior Michelle Carnovale (Massapequa, N.Y.), moved to 2-0 in singles action with the win.
Carnovale, who moves to 27-8 in singles action in her career, won her second match in as many outings at the top flight on Thursday evening. She outlasted West Conn's Emma Chapman by scores of 3-6, 7-5, 6-1.
A pair of freshmen, Sarah Canzone (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) and Katie Murray (Highland Mills, N.Y.) scoring victories at the fifth and sixth singles positions. Canzone moved to 2-0 on the season with a 6-3, 6-4 fifth single triumph, while Murray remained unbeaten on the season after cruising to a 6-1, 6-2 sixth single wins.
Mount Saint Mary got the match off to a good start on Thursday, winning two of the match's three doubles contests. Antionetta Capone (Howard Beach, N.Y.) and Miyanna Vernon (Liberty, N.Y.) battled to a 9-7 second position win, while Canzone and Julia Lorenzo (Emerald Isle, N.C.) posted an 8-5 win at third doubles, over Dudhedia and Clare Callahan (New Fairfield, CT) to get the Mount out to a 2-1 lead.
WestConn hosts Farmingdale State College on Friday. First serve is slated for 3:30 pm. At 1-1 on the season, Mount Saint Mary continues a five-match home stand on Sunday when it plays host to the College of New Rochelle. Match time with the Blue Angels is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.