Penn State Abington Defeats Lancaster Bible to Claim 2019 NEAC Women's Tennis Championship

Penn State Abington Defeats Lancaster Bible to Claim 2019 NEAC Women's Tennis Championship

CLARKS SUMMIT, Pa. – Top-seeded Penn State Abington defeated Lancaster Bible, 5-3, to claim the program’s first North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Women’s Tennis Championship on Saturday morning at the Birchwood Tennis Club.

Championship Match

No. 2 Lancaster Bible 3, No. 1 Penn State Abington 5 (Results)

Penn State Abington held an early edge over Lancaster Bible after completing doubles competition with a 2-1 lead. Michelle Mijani (Great Neck, N.Y.) and Marta Tymchenko (Trevose, Pa.) earned an 8-3 win at No. 1 Doubles while Stephanie Jin (Bluebell, Pa.) and Isabella Blackwell (Philadelphia, Pa.) paired up for an 8-6 win in the No. 2 Doubles flight. The Nittany Lions picked up points in No. 2 and No. 3 Singles, but the Chargers cut the deficit to 4-3 with Greta Strunk (Lebanon, Pa.) and Haylee Fishel (Jersey Shore, Pa.) emerging victorious at No. 1 and No. 4 Singles, respectively. The No. 6 Singles match proved to be the clincher for Penn State Abington with rookie Michelle Ly (Shirley, N.Y.) defeating Lancaster Bible’s Kenedi Berkhimer (Martinsburg, Pa.) by a score of 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.

With the win, Penn State Abington will receive an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Tournament. The berth will mark the first trip to the NCAA Tournament by Penn State Abington with the Nittany Lions learning their next opponent when the Division III Selections are announced via a press release after noon on May 6 on NCAA.com.

The doubles portion of the women’s individual tournament began shortly after the conclusion of the team championship match. Singles matches will begin on Sunday at 9 a.m. with the NEAC Women’s Tennis All-Conference Team and individual awards announced at the conclusion of Sunday’s action.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has 12 NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, College of Saint Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, Morrisville State, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and Wells College. Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (W Lacrosse), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse), Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf), and Wilson College (M Volleyball). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sport of men’s tennis and with the Colonial State Athletic Conference in the sport of Field Hockey. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.