Oct. 6, 2012
NEWPORT NEWS, Va.--Doubles matches in four different flights started and finished on Friday at the Huntington Valley Tennis Center, where Villanova and several other teams are competing in the Hampton Roads Collegiate Invitational this weekend. Freshman Hayley Sanzone (Redding, Conn.) and senior Wesleigh Donadio (Winter Park, Fla.) won the Flight 4 doubles draw with three straight victories on Friday and the Wildcats had four doubles pairs combine to win seven matches overall.
Sanzone and Donadio defeated opponents from Chowan, Mary Washington and Christopher Newport on their way to the Flight 4 title. In the opening round the Villanova duo scored a victory over Jennifer Humphrey and Chayla Parker from Chowan and in the semifinals Sanzone and Donadio advanced past Chrissy Gaul and Anna Richman from Mary Washington. The championship match was between the Wildcats and the pair of Jodi Noland and Kim Morrissett from Christopher Newport, with Sanzone and Donadio picking up an 8-5 victory.
In the Flight 1 bracket junior Mikelle Mancini (Salt Lake City, Utah) and freshman Tori Smyth (Stamford, Conn.) reached the semifinals after edging Lindsay Raulston and Shelby Harris of Mary Washington in the quarterfinals by an 8-6 margin. Katelyn Stokes and Talia Johnson from Howard dealt Mancini and Smyth an 8-6 loss in the semifinals, while Mancini and Smyth were later defeated in the third place match, 9-7, by Brittany Pilkington and Kiersten Pappas from George Mason.
Sophomore Sydney West (Washington, D.C.) and freshman Allison Kuse (Marietta, Ga.) won two of their three matches in the Flight 2 draw and finished in fifth place in that bracket. West and Kuse defeated Kari Pope and Morgen Kiser of Army in the fifth place match after scoring an 8-4 decision over Megan Hahn and Olivia Ott in their first match of the bracket's back draw. In the quarterfinals West and Kuse had been defeated, 9-7, by Holly Pappafotis and Kelly Daniel from Army.
A fourth pair from the Wildcats also reached the semifinals, as freshman Yalda Hajavi (Bradenton, Fla.) and sophomore Aurora McQuade (Great Falls, Va.) picked up an easy 8-1 win in the Flight 4 quarterfinals over Straffai Cleveland and Jessica De Backre of Chowan. In the semifinals Hajavi and McQuade lost to Noland and Morrissett, 8-3, while Gaul and Richman defeated the Villanova duo, 8-5, in the third place match.
With all of the doubles action being completed on Friday the teams competing in this weekend's tournament will return to the courts for the start of singles play on Saturday morning.
COMPLETE VILLANOVA RESULTS
Doubles - Flight 1
Quarterfinals: Mikelle Mancini/Tori Smyth (Villanova) defeated Lindsay Raulston/Shelby Harris (Mary Washington), 8-6
Semifinals: Katelyn Stokes/Talia Johnson (Howard) defeated Mikelle Mancini/Tori Smyth (Villanova), 8-6
Third Place: Brittany Pilkington/Kiersten Pappas (George Mason) defeated Mikelle Mancini/Tori Smyth (Villanova), 9-7
Doubles - Flight 2
Quarterfinals: Holly Pappafotis/Kelly Daniel (Army) defeated Sydney West/Allison Kuse (Villanova), 9-7
Consolation First Round: Sydney West/Allison Kuse (Villanova) defeated Megan Hahn/Olivia Ott (Loyola, Md.), 8-4
Fifth Place: Sydney West/Allison Kuse (Villanova) defeated Kari Pope/Morgen Kiser (Army)
Doubles - Flight 4
Quarterfinals: Yalda Hajavi/Aurora McQuade (Villanova) defeated Straffai Cleveland/Jessica De Backre (Chowan), 8-1
Quarterfinals: Hayley Sanzone/Wesleigh Donadio (Villanova) defeated Jennifer Humphrey/Chayla Parker (Chowan)
Semifinals: Jodi Noland/Kim Morrissett (Christopher Newport) defeated Yalda Hajavi/Aurora McQuade (Villanova), 8-3
Semifinals: Hayley Sanzone/Wesleigh Donadio (Villanova) defeated Chrissy Gaul/Anna Richman (Mary Washington)
Championship: Hayley Sanzone/Wesleigh Donadio (Villanova) defeated Jodi Noland/Kim Morrissett (Christopher Newport), 8-5
Third Place: Chrissy Gaul/Anna Richman (Mary Washington) defeated Yalda Hajavi/Aurora McQuade (Villanova), 8-5