NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's tennis team will begin pursuit of the Little East Conference championship when they begin tournament action tomorrow. The Corsairs will host Salem State in an LEC semi-final match at 3:00 p.m. As per LEC championship tennis policy, the match will end once one team wins five matches.
The Corsairs and Vikings met last Thursday, with UMD winning, 5-4. "We had a very close match the last time we played," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Ralph Perry. "Salem State is a good, solid team and their singles players were terrific. We're going in with a full squad, but we're going to have to step up a little bit."
Defeating the Vikings for the second time in a week won't be easy. "I'm looking forward to a real good, close match," said Perry. "Our doubles have been getting us off to a real good start, and they should soon set the tone for the rest of the day."
Having played last week, there will be no surprises. "We know them, and they know us," said Perry. "Our people who lost are coming in with a tougher attitude, while they're coming in off a 5-0 win over Worcester State. If we can get off to a good start in doubles, and our singles can get off to a quick lead, we can hopefully move on."
The winner will take on the winner of Thursday's other semi-final between top-seeded Bridgewater State and fourth-seeded Plymouth State in the championship match Saturday. "We were missing people the first time we played Bridgewater, and we will have everyone available this time," said Perry. "I think we would have as good a shot as anyone if we played them again."
UMASS DARTMOUTH TENNIS