Erie, Pa. – The top-seeded Franciscan women's tennis team earned a spot in the 2018 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference championship match with an impressive 5-0 win over the fourth-seeded Medaille in the tournament semifinal, Saturday afternoon.
Franciscan improved to 13-1 on the season with the win as the Lady Barons continue one of their most successful campaigns in program history. Adding to the record-setting year, senior Maria Binette clinched the match win for the Lady Barons as she won at No. 2 singles 6-1, 6-2. The singles win gives her 39 for her career, making her the all-time wins leader in singles. Binette also holds the wins record at doubles with 40.
Sophomore Ana Victoria Maria Haddad gave the Lady Barons a 4-0 lead in the match with a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 3 singles as she continues to impress in her sophomore season.
The Lady Barons jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after sweeping doubles, dropping just three points in the three matches. Binette and junior Madelyn Conrad swept their opponents at No. 1 doubles with an 8-0 win to give Franciscan the early 1-0 lead. Senior Taranee Karimpour and Julia Razook pushed the Lady Baron lead to 2-0 with an 8-1 win at No. 3 doubles. Haddad and junior Grace Hammel completed the doubles sweep with an 8-2 win at No. 2.
The Lady Barons now wait for the result of the Mount Aloysius/Penn State Altoona match to learn their opponent for the championship match. Franciscan is seeking its third-straight AMCC title and fourth in the last five seasons. The championship match is slated to get underway at 1:30 pm Sunday afternoon at Westwood Racquet Club in Erie, Pa.