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Gloucester CC Took 2nd Place at the National Tournament
Women's Tennis - Wed, May 11, 2011

Region XIX was represented in eight of the nine championship round matches on Wednesday at the beautiful Refkin Tennis Center in Tucson, AZ and it turned out to be an exciting and competitive day for several of our region schools. Gloucester CC scored the best overall as a team finishing with 21 total points and a 2nd place finish. Brookdale CC was only one point behind Gloucester for a strong 3rd place finish. And Mercer CC took home the individual Singles Championship as Alison Noll won the championship match over Oxford College's Ayana Groves.

The GCC Women's Tennis Team did not go to Tucson with huge expectations but the team competed hard and played some of their best tennis in important matches and secured a 2nd place finish, the highest for a GCC Women's Team. #6 Singles Amanda Chandler (West Deptford) got the day started for GCC with her win, earning her All-American status at that flight, but GCC lost their other two final round singles matches. Going into the final three doubles championship matches GCC was tied with Brookdale CC at 20 points apiece. Brookdale was competing at the #1 and #2 doubles positions against Oxford while GCC was competing at the #3 doubles championship also against Oxford. Things fell right for the Roadrunners as Oxford won the first two flight doubles matches in straight sets. That set the stage for the tournament's most compelling match as the GCC team of Joanna O'Donnell (Pitman) and Kirsten Buscher (Gateway) went the distance for a three set win and the team point that put GCC into second place. After leading 4-1 in the first set the Roadunners dropped the set 6-4 and it looked as if momentum had shifted to Oxford. The freshman tandem battled back though and played great tennis in the second set winning 6-1. The Roadrunners then led 5-4 in the third and again 6-5 in the third but could not close out the match and it went into a tiebreaker. A winner by Buscher and two excellent serves by O'Donnell got the team off to a 3-0 start and when Buscher hit her final overhead winner of the match to win the tiebreaker 7-1 the team swamped the girls on the court and let them know the win had pushed them ahead of Brookdale.

The Jersey Blues had a great tournament as well reaching the championship round matches in fourth of the nine available flights. 1st Team All-Region 19 performers Natalie DeSabato (#2 Singles) and Lauren Abate (#3 Singles) added the title National Champion to their already impressive collection of honors this season.

Mercer's Noll was dominant in her singles championship match. Her steady game and court coverage made Oxford's Groves uncomfortable from the start. Noll patiently waited for her opponent to make a mistake and rarely pushed the issue in the match choosing rather to stay behind the baseline and counterpunch. This proved to be a powerful combination as Noll won 6-0, 6-1. Noll takes home title of the best Division III player form 2011.

See the list below for all the Region XIX athletes who are now All-Americans…

Division III Team Standings - FINAL Results
1.Oxford College of Emory University (27 Points)
2.Gloucester County College (21 Points)
3.Brookdale Community College (20 Points)
4.Herkimer County Community College (10 Points)
5.Hagerstown Community College (8 Points)
6.Mercer County Community College (5.5 Points)
7.Kingsborough Community College (5 Points)
8.Ocean County College (4 Points)

For all the up-to-date scores and brackets check the tournament website...


Tennis All Americans

Division III







No.1          Allison Noll                          (Mercer County College)                           


No. 2         Natalie De Sabato                  (Brookdale Community College)     


No. 3         Lauren Abate               (Brookdale Community College)              


No.4          Adriti Gulati                          (Oxford College of Emory University)


No. 5         Rosalia Xue                           (Kingsborough Community College)


No. 6         Amanda Chandler                  (Gloucester County College)            





No.1          Ayanna Groves            (Oxford College of Emory University)


                  Vaijayanthi Lakshmipathy  (Oxford College of Emory University)


No.2          Adriti Gulati                          (Oxford College of Emory University)


                  Etasha Srinivas            (Oxford College of Emory University)


No.3          Kristen Buscher           (Gloucester County College)            


                  Joanna O'Donnell                  (Gloucester County College)            



Tennis All Americans

Division III






No.1          Ayanna Groves            (Oxford College of Emory University)


No. 2         Courtney Addis            (Gloucester County College)            


No. 3         Etasha Srinivas            (Oxford College of Emory University)      


No.4          Kristen Buscher           (Gloucester County College)            


No. 5         Hima Nannapaneni       (Oxford College of Emory University)


No. 6         Danielle Fadness          (Herkimer County Community College)





No.1          Heidi Denn                   (Brookdale Community College)              


                  Lauren Abate               (Brookdale Community College)     


No.2          Natalie De Sabota                  (Brookdale Community College)     


                  Olga Kanevskaya         (Brookdale Community College)     


No.3          Hima Nannapanei                  (Oxford College of Emory University)


                  Ngan Do                       (Oxford College of Emory University)