Today marks the fourth day of the Marist Athletic Department's count down of the top 10 stories of the 2011 calendar year. Event number seven is the Marist Women's Tennis team winning the MAAC Championship versus Fairfield in April.
Top 10 of 2011, #7 - Women’s Tennis Wins Third MAAC Championship In Dramatic Fashion
The Marist women's tennis team defeated top-seeded Fairfield, 4-3, to win the 2011 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) championship on April 21 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The Red Foxes, seeded second in the championship, advanced to their third NCAA Tournament.
After a regular season matchup on April 8 saw the two teams battle for over four hours to a 4-3 decision in Fairfield's favor, the Red Foxes got their retribution at the MAAC Championship less than two weeks later.
With the contest tied at three apiece, the decisive match was played at fourth singles between Marist Marielle Campbell (Patterson, N.Y.) and Fairfield's Nikki Jackson. Campbell dropped the first set, 7-5, but came back to win the final two sets by scores of 6-2, 6-3. Campbell was named the championship's Most Outstanding Performer.
The Red Foxes got off to the early lead by taking the doubles point. Kelsey Raynor (Patterson, N.Y.) and Erin McCarthy (Salem, N.J.) teamed up for an 8-6 win at first doubles, and Jeannie Lukin (Kinderhook, N.Y.) and Retta Byron (Scottsdale, Ariz.) triumphed 8-5 at third doubles.
Joana Sun (Gales Ferry, Conn.) earned a 6-0, 6-4 win at third singles, but straight-set victories by the Stags' Sharissa Ryan and Caroline Emhardt at second and fifth singles, respectively, tied the match at two apiece. The remaining three matches all went to a third and deciding set. Byron prevailed at sixth singles, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, but Fairfield's Monica Yajima won 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 7-5 at first singles, leaving the match tied at three apiece. Campbell's win then gave Marist the championship.
Marist has now won the MAAC championship in 2007, 2008 and 2011.The Red Foxes concluded their season with a 13-8 record after they were ousted in the first round of the NCAA Tournament by the eight-seeded University of Georgia.