Johnson era begins with a pair of victories for Fredonia State tennis

Special to The OBSERVER

BUFFALO — The Fredonia women’s tennis team defeated D’Youville, 7-2, on Friday in head coach Matt Johnson’s coaching debut. Mikayla Johnson, at No. 4 singles, and Jane Chiacchia, at No. 5 singles, each won 6-0 and 6-0.

Fredonia also got singles wins from Olivia Miller, 6-2 and 6-0; Sarah Bunk, 6-2 and 6-2; and Taylor Marelli 6-0 and 6-2.

Doubles wins came from Johnson and Chiacchia, 8-0 at No. 2 doubles; and Mallory Mecca and Marelli, 8-2 at No. 3 doubles.

D’Youville earned both its points at the No. 1 spot. Lauren Karoglan defeated Anna Chiacchia, 6-3 and 7-6. Karoglan combined with Gillian Wittig at No. 1 doubles for an 8-5 win.

“I was pleased with the team’s performance today in our season opener,” said Johnson. “The win was a confidence builder. I hope that the team can carry this momentum forward into tomorrow’s match.”

Fredonia State then played host to Pitt-Bradford at noon on Saturday.

In Saturday’s match, the Fredonia women’s tennis team won its second match in as many days in dominating fashion, defeating Pitt-Bradford, 9-0. The Devils won the first four singles by 6-0, 6-0 scores.

Anna Chiacchia, Olivia Miller, Sarah Bunk and Mikayla Johnson (Lakewood/Southwestern) all won their matches with sweeps.

Jane Chiacchia won at No. 5 singles, 6-1 and 6-3. Taylor Marelli won the No. 6 singles 6-0 and 7-5.

Anna Chiacchia and Miller won the top double match 7-1, as did Bunk and Johnson at No. 2 doubles. Jane Chiacchia and Marelli won the final doubles match, 7-3.

In was the first match of the season for Pitt Bradford. Fredonia travels to Penn State Behrend on Wednesday for a 4 p.m. match.

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