Row 1 (L-R): Kelsey Raynor, Joana Sun.
Row 2 (L-R): Assistant Coach Joanna Macaluso, Assistant Coach Mirelva Colon, Kaye Eastman, Karly Pang, Marielle Campbell, Melissa Carlay, Sabrina Tahir, Nikki Rohan, Adrienne Sieverding, Lisa Ventimiglia, Head Coach Roge Nesbitt, Katie Seitz.
MAAC Championship Recap
In 2013, the Marist Women's Tennis team won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship. The second-seeded Red Foxes defeated top-seeded Fairfield 4-1 at Mercer County Park in New Jersey. Senior Kelsey Raynor was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player and won her match at first singles, 6-3, 6-2.
After dropping a hard-fought battle for the doubles' point, the Red Foxes came out firing on all cylinders in singles play. Junior Marielle Campbell was the first Red Fox to score a singles' point as she defeated Carolina Koladzyn in straight sets, 6-0, 6-3 at fourth singles. Raynor then gave Marist the lead at 2-1, with her victory in first singles over the 2013 MAAC Player of the Year Monica Yajima in straight sets.
Carrying on the theme of straight set success, senior Joana Sun cruised over Allison Radde, 6-2, 6-2. With both freshmen Karly Pang and Lisa Ventimiglia still in action, sophomore Sabrina Tahir came through and clinched the championship team point when she beat Nikki Jackson in sixth singles 6-1, 6-4. The championship was the fourth in program history for Marist, all of which have come in the seven years of the tenure of Head Coach Roge Nesbitt. This was the fourth consecutive year Marist faced Fairfield for the championship. The Red Foxes finished with an overall record of 11-8.
NCAA Tournament Recap
The team went on to face the top seeded Florida Gators in the first round NCAA Tournament. The Red Foxes lost 4-0. Freshman Lisa Ventimiglia led the Red Foxes as she won three games in her suspended fifth singles match versus Olivia Janowicz, 6-1, 3-2. Her fellow freshman Karly Pang also earned a game point as she battled with the nation’s 17th-ranked player Sofie Oyen at second singles with a score of 6-0, 4-1.
In doubles action, the First Team All-MAAC duo of Kelsey Raynor and Sabrina Tahir found success versus Florida’s pairing of Cercone and Hitimana at second doubles with an unfinished score of 6-2. Overall, the top-seeded Gators won the doubles’ point with victories at first and third doubles, as well as 6-0, 6-0 straight set wins at first, third and fourth singles.
With the setback, seniors Joana Sun and Raynor saw their storied playing careers come to a conclusion. Sun went out as a winner of 107 combined singles and doubles matches, while Raynor won 85. Marist finished the year with an overall record of 11-8.