NEW HAVEN, Conn. – For the second consecutive season, the Albertus Magnus College women's tennis team posted a 4-9 overall record, winnings its last two matches to bring an end to the 2019 campaign.
The year started slow for the Falcons, as they dropped each of their first four matches. In that season-opening stretch, Albertus fell to Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) foes Johnson & Wales (R.I.) University and Suffolk University.
Come show your #FearlessFalcons pride and support the women's tennis team as they challenge the Lehman Lightening TODAY at 1PM at the Celentano Courts in their 2019 Home Opener! #FalconA #thisisFalconawesome pic.twitter.com/WEXWsSYWve— Albertus Falcons (@AMCAthletics) August 31, 2019
Albertus halted the season-opening skid with a convincing 8-1 triumph over Sarah Lawrence College on September 15 in road action. Both senior Nallely Magana (East Haven, Conn.) and junior Cassie Couture (Waterbury, Conn.) went a perfect 8-0 in singles action, before combining to post an 8-5 victory at second doubles.
Just six days later, the Falcons added their second win of the year with a hard-fought 6-3 triumph over St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn) on the road. Junior Jessica Coughlin (Putnam, Conn.) set the tone for Albertus, as she won at first singles, 10-1, and at first doubles, 8-1, pairing with freshman Mariah Mandulak (Shelton, Conn.), who was also victorious at second singles.
The Falcons hit a rough patch when they resumed GNAC play, as the team went 0-4 to close out its league slate. Albertus ended the year with a 0-7 record in conference.
Despite these early struggles, the Falcons ended the year on a high note by winning their last two matches. Albertus first steamrolled Vaughn College, 9-0, at the USTA National Tennis Center on October 13. The Falcons swept all three doubles matches without dropping a game. Freshman Jah-Naisha Lee (Bridgeport, Conn.) picked up her first win of the year at sixth singles, 10-5.
Albertus capped the season with a 7-2 triumph over York College (N.Y.) at home at the Celentano Courts as part of the college's Homecoming Weekend. The Falcons went a perfect 3-0 in doubles action before dropping just two singles matches, one because of an injury. Albertus improved to a perfect 3-0 all-time against the Cardinals.
Women's tennis picks up its fourth win of the season after defeating York College by a score of 7-2. pic.twitter.com/xottS8x0YU— Albertus Falcons (@AMCAthletics) October 19, 2019
In her first collegiate season, Mandulak paced the Falcons with 13 total wins. In singles play, the Shelton, Conn., native went 6-7 on the year with a 6-6 mark at second singles. In doubles action, she posted a 7-6 overall record, going 5-4 in the No. 1 slot and 2-2 as the team's No. 2 tandem.
Coughlin was second on the team with 11 total victories, six in doubles play, and five in singles action. The product of Putnam, Conn., held command of the team's top spot on the roster, as she made all of her appearances on the season at No. 1 singles and doubles.
Both Magana and freshman Nayelli Garcia (East Haven, Conn.) were third on the squad with eight total wins each. Magana tallied five doubles wins and three singles victories, while Garcia recorded four wins in both singles and doubles play. Andreah Orr (Danbury, Conn.) rounded out the team's top-five winners, earning four doubles triumphs and three singles victories.
As the Falcons' lone senior, Magana was honor prior to Albertus match against York College (N.Y.) on October 19 as part of the team's Senior Day. Magana ended her illustrious career with 39 career wins, 20 in singles action and 19 in doubles play.
Off the court, four members of the women's tennis team earned a spot on the Fall 2019 Dean's List (STORY) after receiving a grade-point average of 3.50 or higher during an academic semester or a grade-point average with no grade below a B during the semester. Coughlin, Garcia, Lee, and Mandaluk all earned this special academic distinction.