FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Junior Ariel Danziger and freshman Caitlyn Sorelle went a perfect 4-0 to capture the Blue 2 doubles championship as the Ursinus College women's tennis team served up the 2016-17 season at the ITA Southeast Regional Championships over the weekend.
Danziger and Sorelle were the headliners of a solid Bears contingent at University of Mary Washington. The newly formed tandem began its march to the trophy with an 8-4 victory over Virginia Wesleyan's Courtney Gulihur and Katie Staman. Their toughest match came in the quarterfinals, when Danziger and Sorelle outlasted Randolph's Aubrey Hawn and Jenna Sweet in a 9-7 decision.
Sunday brought the semifinals, and another pair of impressive efforts. Danziger and Sorelle knocked off Grove City's Janine Jones and Linnea Peters, 8-5, to advance to the championship match, where they handled Centennial Conference counterparts Mary Hubert and Kiran Pant of Washington College, 8-3.
Senior Christine Palazzolo had the best showing of the Bears' individual entrants, reaching the semifinals of the Blue 5 singles draw. Palazzolo pulled out a 3-6, 6-4, 10-3 victory over Southern Virginia's Micah Roberts in the first round, then took care of Lynchburg's Emily Simpson by a 6-3, 6-0 score in the quarterfinals.
Senior Robin Alsher was the only other Bear to win a singles match, topping Shenandoah's Shannon Hickman 7-5, 6-2.
Ursinus plays its lone match of the fall on Tuesday, October 4, at Eastern. Match time is slated for 3:00 p.m.