Rams Power Past Corsairs, 7-2

Rams Power Past Corsairs, 7-2

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Suffolk University won a crucial doubles match and then pulled away from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth for a 7-2 victory in nonleague women's tennis action Tuesday evening at the Buckingham, Browne & Nichols School. It was the third straight win for the Rams, who improved to 3-4.

Sophomore Aidiana Sagyndykova (Almaty, Kazakhstan) and senior Adrianna Garrett (Plymouth, Mass.) were multiple winners for Suffolk, combining for an 8-1 win at No. 1 doubles and 6-3, 6-0 and 6-0, 6-3 scores respectively at Nos. 1 and 2 singles, respectively.

The Corsairs, who fell to 2-4, tied the score at 1-1 when freshman Kheyla Orival (Woburn, Mass.) and sophomore Jillian Reichert (Marion, Mass.) won 8-2 at No. 2 doubles. UMD appeared poised to a 2-1 lead when the No. 3 doubles team of junior captain Kristen Rose (North Dartmouth, Mass.) and freshmen Molina Oung (Bourne, Mass.) held leads of 4-1, 5-2 and had three match points while serving at 7-6 before falling 9-7 to freshmen Isabel Rathlev (Wellesley, Mass.) and Jacqueline Nakamura (Rancho Sante Fe, Calif.). Rathlev is the younger sister of new UMD men's tennis coach Karsten Rathlev.

"There was a big momentum shift after they came back from three match points down to win No. 3 doubles," said Corsairs head coach Doug Chapman. "We would have felt a lot better about our chances if we had gone into the singles matches with a 2-1 lead instead of trailing 1-2."

The Corsairs needed to really step it up in the singles, playing without the services of No. 1 Maggie LeBrun (Mattapoisett, Mass.), who was ill, and sophomore Rosalie Kimba (Milford, MA), who was coming off of singles and doubles wins against previously unbeaten opponents, but was unavailable for this match.

Suffolk grabbed hold of the match and cruised to five straight singles wins before Oung won her first career singles match at No. 6, defeating Lyndsay Reese 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-2).

"It was great to see Molina get that first singles victory," Coach Chapman said. "She has been working hard, is very dedicated and is making good use of her chances to play."

Reichert put up a good battle before falling to Johanna Sitahal (Trinidad & Tobago) 6-3, 6-4 at No. 5 doubles.

UMass Dartmouth returns to Little East Conferencec play Thursday when the Corsairs will host Worcester State  at 3 p.m.