April 12, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army women's tennis team picked up its fifth straight win after defeating Bucknell, 6-1, in a Patriot League match on Saturday afternoon at Malek Courts. The Black Knights move to 21-2 overall and 7-0 in the conference following the victory, while the Bison fall to 5-7 and 2-2 after the setback.
Army collected the doubles point thanks to wins from each of its three doubles tandems. Senior Della Taylor and junior Elle Taylor earned an 8-6 win at No. 1, while the pairings of senior Jamila Paul and sophomore Carolyn Pitman (No. 2) and seniors Margaret Iliev and Carly Riney (No. 3) picked up victories of 8-1 and 8-3, respectively.
Paul bested Bucknell's Elena Vidrascu, 6-2, 6-3, at the top singles flight, while Maria Cioffi posted a 6-4, 6-2 win in the second position to give the Bison their lone win of the match. Army sophomore Gabriella Spindler grabbed 6-2, 4-0 win at No. 3, and Della Taylor collected a 6-4, 7-5 decision at No. 4. All six singles matches lasted two sets, as Elle Taylor and freshman Nancy Porter managed two-set victories in the fifth and sixth spots, respectively.
Army improves to 31-4 all-time against Bucknell. The Black Knights honored first classmen Iliev, Paul, Riney and Della Taylor in a Senior Day ceremony before the match.
Army concludes its regular season tomorrow when it travels to Boston University with the Patriot League regular season title on the line. The Black Knights and the Terriers will take their unbeaten conference records to the court for a match beginning at noon.
Army 6, Bucknell 1
1. Della Taylor/Elle Taylor (A) def. Elena Vidrascu/Maria Cioffi (B) 8-6
2. Jamila Paul/Carolyn Pitman (A) def. Lydia Colvin/Michele Urbinati (B) 8-1
3. Margaret Iliev/Carly Riney (A) def. Stephanie Pino/Alyssa McAndrew (B) 8-3
1. Jamila Paul (A) def. Elena Vidrascu (B) 6-2, 6-3
2. Maria Cioffi (B) def. Carolyn Pitman (A) 6-4, 6-2
3. Gabriella Spindler (A) def. Lydia Colvin (B) 6-2, 4-0 (retired)
4. Della Taylor (A) def. Michele Urbinati (B) 6-4, 7-5
5. Elle Taylor (A) def. Stephanie Pino (B) 6-0, 6-4
6. Nancy Porter (A) def. Jorie Fox (B) 6-4, 6-4