NEWTON, Mass. – For the third consecutive year, Mount Ida College women's tennis have earned a spot in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) postseason picture.
This season, the Mustangs will travel to Suffolk for their quarterfinal match on Wednesday evening. The match will be played at 6:00 pm at Buckingham, Brown & Nichols in Cambridge, Mass.
It's the second time in the last three years that the #6 seeded Mustangs will face the third-seeded Rams, who ended their season in 2014. The teams just met this past weekend in the regular season finale, with Suffolk winning 9-0.
Mount Ida (1-10, 1-5 GNAC) clinched their spot in the postseason with a 5-4 win over Anna Maria on September 24th in Paxton. Despite having only five players, the Mustangs got wins at both of the top two doubles spots and at first, second and fifth singles.
"I couldn't be prouder of the hard work that I've seen from the team this year," said third year Head Coach Isaac Stahl. "I know that they'll go out there and play their hardest on Wednesday."
Jenna Jarman (Auburn, N.Y.) has led Mount Ida at the top of the lineup, going 6-4 in singles play this year, including four wins at number one singles. Rebecca Levy (Plymouth, Mass.) has gone 4-5 in singles play, and has teamed up with Jarman for a 5-3 record at the top doubles spot.
"So we're starting to build something and creating a strong bond on the team and a real team identity. They're a tough, determined group," said Stahl.
Suffolk (8-8, 5-1 GNAC) has won six of their seven games this month, including five straight conference victories. Their only GNAC loss of the year came on September 20th, a 5-4 edging at the hands of Simmons, which gave the Sharks the tiebreaker in playoff seeding and a first round bye.
The Rams are a combined 16-0 at the first doubles spot this year, with Valentina Medina (San Andres, Colombia) going 7-0 and Aidiana Sagyndykova (Almaty, Kazakhstan) posting a 9-0 record. Medina has also gone 7-0 at the second singles spot, and Sagyndykova has gone 5-0 when playing #2, where Suffolk as a team is 14-2.
Suffolk is also 15-1 at first doubles, led by a blemish-free eight appearances from Medina and Isabel Rathlev (Wellesley, Mass.).