Harrisburg Defeats Berks in Spring Home Opener

Harrisburg Defeats Berks in Spring Home Opener

Middletown, Pa. – The Penn State Harrisburg women's tennis came prepared for their home opener Tuesday March 18th against former NEAC rival Penn State Berks.  Harrisburg held nothing back and did well enough to earn a 6-3 win over the visiting Lions.

 The women started out strong winning two out of the three doubles points.  However, switching over to singles  #1 Theodora Avramidis (Vernon, N.J. / Vernon Township) and  #2 Stephanie Harnden (Hershey, Pa. / Hershey) had their hands full.  Berk's top two players were just a little too strong for them today. 

Thankfully, Harrisburg was able to take home the win thanks to #3 Alejandra Portillo (Palmyra, Pa. / Palmyra), #4 Laura Lin (Palmyra, Pa. / Susquehanna Township), #5 Morgan Acker (Annville, Pa. / Annville-Cleona) and #6 Fay Ansary (Hummelstown, Pa. / Hershey) all pulled out the needed results.  Ansary, a goal scoring soccer player in the fall, made her collegiate debut in Tuesday's match. Portillo and Ansary were the only two Harrisburg athletes to win in both singles and doubles. 

 Head coach Becky Cecere was pleased with the women's performance today. "This was a nice win for the women; it was great to get our first win of the spring season."  Harrisburg will host Trinity (DC) on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. 

1.             T. Avramidis/S. Harnden PSH def. Crystal Hitz/Nandita Mintndra                           8-5

2.             Erin Ginther/Elizabeth Kurtz Berks def. Morgan Acker/Laura Lin                            8-4

3.             Ale Portillo/Fay Ansary PSH def. Angela Koval/Ivana Davis                                    8-4


1.             Crystal Hitz Berks def. Theo Avramidis PSH                                                             6-0, 6-0

2.             Nandita Mintndra Berks def. Steph Harnden PSH                                                    6-3, 4-6, 6-1

3.             Ale Portillo PSH def Angela Koval Berks                                                                   4-3, ad out, Ret.

4.             Laura Lin PSH def. Erin Ginther Berks                                                                      6-4, 6-0

5.             Morgan Acker PSH def. Elizabeth Kurtz                                                                    4-6, 7-6 (1), 10-8

6.             Fay Ansary PSH def. Ivana Davis Berks                                                                    1-6, 6-3, 6-1