Heading up north to Cambridge, Mass., the women’s tennis team contested the ITA Northeastern Regional at Harvard University over the weekend.

With five players invited, the Seawolves had four singles players and two doubles teams in the mix. Attempting to qualify for the main draw in singles were two freshmen, Nadia Smergut and Adey Osabouhien. The duo looked to join the main draw with junior Polina Movchan and sophomore Jackie AltanSarnai.

After Osabouhien dropped a tough match against Nicole Chis of Farleigh Dickinson, Smergut dropped the first set against Hannah Liljekvist of Seton Hall. After fighting back to get up a break in the second set, Liljekvist retired, putting Smergut one win away from the main draw. She did not disappoint, toughing out a third set against Mariam Zein of Rutgers.

In main draw action, all three Seawolves started off well, with Movchan winning against Alana Prinos of Providence, AltanSarnai advancing and Smergut beating Ioana Alecsiu of Columbia.

Advancing into the round of 64, the Stony Brook trio had a tough road ahead of them, with both Movchan and AltanSarnai facing seeded players. After they both dropped tough matches against stiff competition, Smergut played Amanda Lin of Harvard. Playing great tennis, she advanced to the round of 32 with a straight sets victory.

In doubles action, Movchan and Osabouhien dropped a first round contest against Boston College, while the team of Louise Badoche and Smergut took a tough, tight loss to the 14th seeded duo from the University of Massachusetts.

The women now have a few months to wait before opening up their spring season, when they head to the home of the U.S. Open in Flushing to take on ASA College of Brooklyn. Opening up their home schedule on March 25, Stony Brook will be on home turf against Quinnipiac University, right next to LaValle Stadium at 3 p.m.

Andrew Eichenholz

Andrew is a journalism student at Stony Brook University entering his sophomore year. He is a tennis coach at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center while he is not at Stony Brook, working with students of varying ages and levels, with a focus on the USTA'S Quickstart 10 and Under initiative. He also is an editorial writer for New York and Long Island Tennis Magazines.


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