Roses Bloom In Corsairs Tennis Victory

Roses Bloom In Corsairs Tennis Victory

DARTMOUTH, Mass.-- On Saturday night, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth junior women's tennis captain Kristen Rose (North Dartmouth, Mass.) was winning the Miss Somerset pageant and a spot in the Miss Massachusetts pageant. On Sunday morning and afternoon, she was leading the Corsairs to a 5-4 victory over Worcester State in a Little East Conference match at the UMD Tennis Courts.

With team match deadlocked at 4-4, Rose won the deciding point with a 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4 victory over the Lancers' Cassie Goncalves in a two-hour and 35-minute match at No. 5 singles. The victory improved the Corsairs to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in the LEC. Worcester State dropped to 6-3 overall and 2-3 in the LEC.

Rose also teamed with sophomore Rosalie Kimba (Milford, Mass.) for a 8-2 victory over Danielle Candeleri and Paige Moriarty at No. 2 doubles.

"A great weekend for Kristen Rose, on and off of the court," said Corsairs head coach Doug Chapman. "And excellent all-around play in singles and doubles for Rose Kimba."

With the doubles matches tied at 1-1, UMD won what proved to be a crucial point at No. 3 doubles. Freshman Therese Nguyen (South Easton, Mass.) was thrust into duty and became the 12th Corsair to play in a varsity match through seven contests. Nguyen teamed with freshman Mollie McCaffrey (Taunton, Mass.) and came-from-behind to defeat Fifi Volf and Rachel Green, 8-5, winning the last four games to take the match.

"I can not stress more the importance that match played in relation to the overall match," Coach Chapman said. "Going into the singles with a 2-1 lead proved crucial. Therese stepped up big time, and she and Mollie played solid, high percentage doubles."

The singles results went back-and-forth until it came down to the final match.

Worcester's Shelby Jankins topped junior Maggie LeBrun (Mattappoisett, MA) 6-0, 6-3 at No. 1 singles. Corsairs freshman Kerry Magoon (Marshfield, Mass.) responded with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Danielle Candeleri at No. 2. Volf got a measure of revenge by topping McCaffrey 7-5, 6-0 at No. 3. Kimba beat the Lancers' Rachel Green 6-2, 7-5 at No.6 singles, rallying from 3-0 and 4-1 deficits in the second set. Worcester's Meg Shepard hung on to defeat freshman Kheyla Orival (Woburn, Mass.) 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 at No. 4, deadlocking the team match at 4-4. 

The match result fell to Rose, and her crown did not slip as she won the deciding match.

The Corsairs will be back in action on Tuesday, when they travel to Bridgewater State for a 3 p.m. match.