Corsairs Fall to Unbeaten Anchorwomen

Corsairs Fall to Unbeaten Anchorwomen

DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Rhode Island College maintained its unbeaten record with a 9-0 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's tennis team in a Little East Conference match Tuesday afternoon at the UMD Tennis Courts.

The Anchorwomen won all three doubles matches and followed up with six straight-sets singles wins to improve to 8-0 overall and 3-0 in the LEC. It was the conference opener for the shorthanded Corsairs, who fell to 2-2 overall.

"RIC has an outstanding team and would be a handful under any circumstances," said Corsairs head coach Doug Chapman. "We were without Maggie LeBrun, our No. 1 player, and everyone had to move up a position after we had to mix up the doubles lineup. I liked the way we competed, especially in the second sets of the singles. It may have been a loss, but it could also be a step forward."

The Anchorwomen swept the doubles, behind Kim Daigle/Chelsea Brown (8-3 at No. 1), Sadie Campanella/Julie Reddy (8-1 at No. 2) and Tressa Cannata/Jorgie Martin (8-4 at No. 3). For the Corsairs, freshman Nicole Nault (Wareham, Mass.) made her varsity debut, and teamed with Molina Oung (Bourne, Mass.) turned in a solid effort.

Rhode Island College, which returned all six starters from a 14-3 team and added two freshmen to the starting lineup, had too much experience for UMass Dartmouth, which had six freshmen in the lineup.

Campanella (6-0, 6-3) and Daigle (6-1, 6-2) were winners in the top two spots, while Reddy (6-0, 6-1) and Cannata (6-0, 6-2) cruised at Nos. 4 & 5.

Corsair freshman Kheyla Orival (Woburn, Mass.) gave the visitor's captain Chelsea Brown a battle at No. 3 singles, before losing 6-1, 6-4. Sophomore Rosalie Kimba (Milford, Mass.), normally a doubles starter, played her first career singles match, a 6-2, 6-3 loss to Laura Nastasi at No. 6 singles.

The Corsairs return to the road Thursday afternoon for a non-league match against St. Joseph College in Hartford, Conn.