NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA -The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's tennis team swept the three doubles matches, then won twice in singles and hung on to defeat visiting Salem State, 5-4, in a Little East Conference match at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Thursday.
For UMD, juniors Nicole Pelletier (Swansea, MA/Case HS) and Casey Auman (North Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) HS) defeated senior Michelle McEwen (Billerica, MA/Billerica Memorial HS) and junior Maddy Ward (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS) in a tie-breaker at number one doubles, 9-8 (7-5). At number two, juniors Angela Pollard (Portsmouth, RI/Portsmouth HS) and Allison Furtado (Fairhaven, MA/Fairhaven HS) defeated seniors Jessica Spinale (Saugus, MA/Saugus HS) and Anna Yaskell (Stockholm, Sweden), 8-3. At number three doubles, senior Liz Girczyc (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS) and sophomore Hannah Schulze (Chelmsford, MA/ Chelmsford HS) downed freshmen April McDermott (Tewksbury, MA/Tewksbury Memorial HS) and Tara Garvey (Palma, MA/Palma HS), 8-1.
McDermott defeated Girczyc at number five singles, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1, before Pelletier's 6-4, 6-3 win over McEwen at number one singles increased UMD's lead to 4-1. Spinale downed Pollard at number three singles, 6-3, 6-3, before Auman downed sophomore Lauren Woods (Burlington, MA/Burlington HS) at number six singles, 7-5, 6-3, to clinch the decision.
"It was a nice win for us, thank God for doubles," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Ralph Perry. "We did a nice job, especially in first doubles, where we came back to win and set the tine for the rest of the match. Casey Auman did a nice job at number one doubles and at number six singles to win the clinching match. We're thrilled to finish second in the conference and get a bye in the tournament and get the second seed."
The Corsairs improved to 10-1 and 7-1 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while SSU dropped to 6-3 and 6-1 in LEC play with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Salve Regina Saturday. Salem State will visit Bridgewater State Saturday.
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