The Gloucester County College Roadrunners secured the 2012 NJCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championship by taking five championship matches as part of "Finals Friday" at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, N.Y. Playing in the shadows of Arthur Ashe Stadium, three Roadrunners took home singles division prizes, while two doubles teams provided insurance points in the afternoon session. Leading the way for Brian Rowan's squad was Terra McHenry, Tori Yeich, and Kelly Stanton in singles play, while Jessica Barney provided a needed spark in the No. 3 doubles competition. McHenry ousted Ocean County College's (N.J.) Allison Dennis in No. 3 singles, 6-3, 6-3. Yeich and Stanton downed Ocean's Emily Gaydos (6-2, 6-3) and Mercer's Kelly Tanzone (7-5, 6-1) to win the fourth and fifth singles flights respectively. It was the first NJCAA National Championship for the Roadrunner Women's Tennis program who also won the Garden State Athletic Conference Championship and Region 19 Championship during the 2012 season.
The GCC Women's Tennis Team completed a dramatic comeback on Sunday afternoon to claim the colleges first NJCAA Region 19 Championship for the 2012-13 academic year. The Roadrunners needed to win their final three matches of the day to catch or pass tournament leader Ocean CC and did so with three doubles wins all by first year players in the program. The title is the first for Roadrunner Women's Tennis since 2009 and now they automatically advance to the NJCAA Region 19 Tournament October 24-26 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY.
The Roadrunners of Gloucester CC are currently in second place by a slim margin over Mercer CC. Gloucester won the regular season GSAC championship and will compete in five of the singles championship matches tomorrow. The Roadrunners can still earn points in two of the doubles flights as well. Mercer is in reach of the top spot in the tournament as well after a dramatic three set win at #1 doubles over Gloucester that was the final match on court on Day 1.
The tournament marked the first year back in competition for the reinstated women's program at Bergen CC under head coach Sal Guillen and Athletic Director Jorge Hernandez. The team scored a win on Day 1 and looks to have a bright future.
The Mercer CC Vikings Women's Tennis Team captured the 2011 NJCAA Region 19 Championship by winning four of their six final round matches Sunday at Gloucester County College. The Vikings also captured the individual singles title (Alison Noll) and the doubles title (Noll/Ewa Szysko). The team was challenged most closely by Ocean CC that finished the tournament with eight team points, two behind Mercer CC's winning total of 10.
Noll was the dominant player in the tournament dropping only one game on the way to the singles title and not dropping a set along with her partner Szysko in the doubles event. Mercer was also aided by depth and players that improved over the course of the season. They picked up points by also winning the singles titles at #5 (Kelly Tanzone) and #6 singles (Alina Vituknovskaya).
Mercer will represent Region 19 at the NJCAA Division III National Championship Tournament October 26-28 at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, NY.
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