As Providence College descended upon the Walsh Athletic Center courts on Thursday Sept. 28, the Stags were determined to take down the big, bad Big East foe from up north.
The day started off ominous as the Friars took the doubles point from the red and white in early action. Although Nicole Aragones ‘18 and Diana Prinos ‘20 won 6-3 at the second doubles spot, Providence was able to win the other two doubles matches to take a 1-0 lead headed into singles play.
Aragones used the momentum from her doubles win in singles as she pulled out a gutsy 6-0,6-2 win at the No. 4 spot. Sophomore Jessica Pil continued the good singles play for Fairfield as the second year player won 6-4,6-0 to give the Stags a 2-1 lead headed into the remaining singles matches.
After a 6-4,6-3 singles triumph by Anna Komer ‘21 for the Stags third win of the day, Sarah Stuhlmann ‘18 and Emily Lombardi ‘19 fell at the number one and three singles spots 6-4,6-1 and 6-1,6-4, respectively.
Going into the sixth singles match of the day, the score was knotted at 3-3. With all eyes on Prinos, the pressure did not phase the Foxborough, Mass. native as she came away with a huge 6-4,6-4 win to give the Stags a 4-3 victory over the Friars.
Fairfield’s win gave them their first match play victory of the year to begin the fall. The red and white are back on the court Wednesday, Oct. 4 as they take on the Rider Broncos in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference match at 2 p.m. at the WAC courts.