Women's tennis falls to No. 4 Stanford in NCAA First Round

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May 11, 2012

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Stanford, Calif. - The Stony Brook women's tennis team saw its season come to an end Friday afternoon, falling to No. 4 Stanford, 4-0, in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Championships at Stanford's Taube Stadium.

Playing with just five players due to injury, the Seawolves needed to win both doubles matches in order to earn the doubles point. But the Cardinal won 8-0 at the No. 2 spot to take a 1-0 lead.

The No. 1 doubles team of freshman Polina Movchan (Kiev, Ukraine) and junior Nini Lagvilava (Tbilisi, Georgia) won the first game of their match and trailed just 5-2 when the No. 2 match finished.

Stanford took a 2-0 lead into singles play as Stony Brook forfeited at the No. 6 position. Nicole Gibbs, the third-ranked player in the nation, defeated Lagvilava, 6-2, 6-0 at the No. 1 spot to give the Cardinal a 3-0 lead.

Senior Salome Mkervalidze (Brewster, N.Y.) then dropped a 6-1, 6-0 decision at the No. 5 position as Stanford clinched the victory.

Playing her final match at Stony Brook, senior Katherine Hanson (Smithtown, N.Y.) dropped a close 6-4 first set at No. 3 singles and trailed 4-1 in the second set when Stanford clinched the victory.

At No. 2 singles, Movchan dropped the first set 6-2 but was tied 3-3 in the second set when the match was called.

The 2012 America East Rookie of the Year and Most Outstanding Player of the America East Championships, Movchan finished her first season at Stony Brook with an 18-3 record at No. 2 singles.

The Seawolves, who won the program's first America East Championship on April 30, finish the season 14-8.

2012 NCAA Women's Championships First Round
No. 4 Stanford 4, Stony Brook 0
DOUBLES
1) No. 24 Tan/Tsay (STAN) led Lagvilava/Movchan (SB), 5-2
2) Dillon/Li (STAN) d. Appineni/Hanson (SB) 8-0
3) STAN wins by forfeit
Order of Finish: 3, 2

Singles
1) No. 3 Nicole Gibbs (STAN) d. Nini Lagvilava (SB) 6-2, 6-0
2) No. 5 Mallory Burdette (STAN) vs. Polina Movchan (SB) abandoned
3) No. 74 Ellen Tsay (STAN) vs. Katherine Hanson (SB) abandoned
4) Veronica Li (STAN) vs. Prerana Appineni (SB) abandoned
5) Natalie Dillon (STAN) d. Salome Mkervalidze (SB) 6-1, 6-0
6) STAN wins by forfeit
Order of Finish: 6, 1, 5