Jake Elmslie – Sports Editor
With an 8-1 Saturday afternoon win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies the Rhode Island College Women’s Tennis team will finish the regular season with a conference best record and the number one seed in this years playoffs. This is the fourth straight regular season title for the Anchorwomen and they will be looking to repeat as conference champions for the second year in a row, after winning the Little East in 2017.
Having the number one seed spells a few benefits for the Anchorwomen. First they will not have to participate in the first round of the playoffs this Tuesday afternoon when the third through sixth seed battle for the right to move on. Secondly RIC will host the entirety of the playoffs including the semi-final and championship rounds this Friday and Saturday afternoon respectively. When asked about the importance of having homefield in the playoffs head tennis coach Adam Spring stated that he is “excited to be playing at home through playoffs.”
According to figures around the team winning the championship this year will not be nearly as easy as in 2017. When asked about the level of competition in the conference this year number one singles player Grace Zangari told The Anchor “The Little East is definitely harder than last year, these teams come back better and stronger which is kind of a shock, but it gets you to play harder than you normally would.” When asked for more detail on the strength of the conference Coach Spring explained that “there are four teams that can win it all. Besides us, those are Plymouth State, Salem State and Umass Dartmouth.”
RIC students can watch their tennis team compete for a championship right here on campus, Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. If the Anchorwomen are able to move on to the championship match that will be held Saturday morning at 11 a.m.