Women's Tennis Rolls Past LaRoche, 5-0, In NCAA First Round

Women's Tennis Rolls Past LaRoche, 5-0, In NCAA First Round
Senior Devon Cohen posted victories in singles and doubles in Scranton's 5-0 win over LaRoche College in an NCAA Tournament first-round match on Friday morning.




MONROEVILLE, Pa. – The University of Scranton women’s tennis team posted its first NCAA Division III Tournament victory in program history on Friday morning, defeating LaRoche College, 5-0, in a first-round match at The Club 4 Life and hosted by Carnegie Mellon University.

The Royals (10-7) advance to Saturday’s second round, where they will face Johns Hopkins at 9 a.m.

Scranton got out to a fast start against LaRoche (10-6) by sweeping all three doubles matches. Sophomore Megan Azzalina (Easton, Pa./Notre Dame) and senior Lindsay Ward (Bensalem, Pa./Archbishop Wood) got things started with an 8-1 win at No. 3 doubles.

Junior Stephanie Boccuzzi (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East) and sophomore Nicole Mahaffey (Harrisburg, Pa./Trinity) followed with an 8-2 win at No. 1 doubles, and junior Devon Cohen (Ambler, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) teamed with freshman Emily Walsh (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Preparatory) to finish the sweep with an 8-3 win at No. 2.

Cohen then swept her way to a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 2 singles to put Scranton up, 4-0, and Walsh clinched the victory with a 6-0, 6-1 victory at No. 4 singles. Boccuzzi had a one-set lead at No. 1 singles, as did Azzalina at No. 3, when the match ended. The fifth and sixth singles matches had yet to start.

Boccuzzi, Cohen, Azzalina and Mahaffey each posted their second doubles victories in NCAA play. Each posted a doubles win in last year’s 5-4 loss in the first round to Ithaca, which was the Royals’ first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

The second-round matchup will be the first-ever meeting between Scranton and Johns Hopkins. The Blue Jays are 18-2 and ranked seventh in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association national rankings, and received a first-round bye. 


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