Sat. Apr 20th, 2024

West Chester University women’s tennis (4-1, 1-0) has been rolling this spring, winning all but one of their five matches.

The Golden Rams opened with a dominant performance against Eckerd College, sweeping the Tritons 9-0 during a trip to St. Petersburg, Fl. Both singles and doubles swept their opponents, commenced by Claire Uhle and Maddy Shaak’s 9-7 victory in the first match.

Rylee Power and Gracyn Towler continued the Rams’ winning ways in the second doubles match as the duo claimed an 8-5 victory. Sophie Rathmell and Alyssa Rees won their doubles match by a narrow margin of 9-8.

Uhle and Shaak also led the way in singles play, with the former winning her match 6-2, 6-1 and the latter securing a 6-2, 6-4 victory.

Power also joined the singles victory party, winning both of her sets 7-5.

Stephanie Cifarelli (8-5), Abriana Nolan (8-2) and Rathmell (8-5) all won their singles matches as well.

WCU’s next match fell on the opposite end of the spectrum, as the University of Charleston waxed the Golden Rams 8-1 at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fl.

West Chester got their lone victory in a singles match, as Rathmell won both of her sets. Charleston swept the doubles matches 3-0 and won every singles match except for the contest won by Rathmell.

The Golden Rams regained their footing in their following match as they triumphed over Southeastern University 5-4 in a contest that proved to be tightly contested. West Chester did, however, win four of the six singles matches, despite dropping two of three doubles matches.

Uhle and Shaak claimed WCU’s only doubles victory as they won 8-4, and they went on to win their singles matches as well. Uhle cruised winning 6-0, 6-2, while Shaak had to recalibrate after falling 1-6 in her first set. Shaak was able to rectify things and win the following two sets 6-3, 6-2.

Power won her singles match 6-2, 6-4, and Cifarelli won hers 7-6, 6-2.

WCU then went on to pick up their second and third consecutive wins against Philadelphia and Kutztown Universities.

The Golden Rams swept Philadelphia University 9-0, with Uhle, who was fresh off PSAC Athlete of the Week honors, doing her usual work in both singles and doubles, defeating Philadelphia University’s Linde Zwaan 6-1, 6-0.

Uhle’s doubles partner, Shaak, swept Philly U’s Emily Zygmunt 6-0, 6-0.

Power and Towler also added a doubles victory, winning 8-1 in their match. Power then defeated Marissa Sampaio 6-0, 6-1 in a singles match, doubling up on victories for the day.

Nolan then sealed the victory with her 6-0, 6-2 singles win. Rathmell also added a 6-1, 6-0 match win.

West Chester was awarded two default wins on the day.

West Chester will host East Stroudsburg University and Goldey-Beacom College before venturing back out on the road on April 1 to take on Harford Community College.

William Boyer is a third-year student majoring in communication studies. He can be reached at

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