Wildcats Claw Past Corsairs, 5-4

Wildcats Claw Past Corsairs, 5-4

DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- For the second time in three days, the verdict was not decided until the final match was completed.

In back to back matches, the UMass Dartmouth women's tennis team dropped a razor close 5-4 decision on their home courts to a team from the Great Northeast Conference. Johnson & Wales University rallied to a 5-4 win over the Corsairs on Thursday afternoon, after Suffolk University held on Tuesday by the same score.

Unlike the match against Suffolk, UMD held a 2-1 lead over Johnson and Wales after the doubles instead of trailing by one match. But the Wildcats took four of the six singles matches to improve to 4-1. The Corsairs fell to 2-2.

Wildcats junior Morgan Thompson (Fargo, N.D.) and freshman Victoria Pizzulo (Lafayette, N.J.) were 8-3 winners at No. 1 doubles. The Corsairs claimed the next two doubles points, both by 8-6 scores. Senior co-captain Kristen Rose (North Dartmouth, Mass.) and sophomore Mollie McCaffrey (Taunton, Mass.) improved to 4-0 on the season at No. 3 doubles, while freshman Jenna Lahaie (Lakeville, Mass.) and sophomore Kerry Magoon (Marshfield, Mass.) won their third match of the season at No. 2 doubles.

Rose briefly gave the Corsairs at 3-1 advantage with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over freshman Lauren Torre (New Fairfield, Conn.) at No. 4 singles.

The Wildcats won the next three matches to take a 4-3 lead before McCaffrey tied the score with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Pizzulo at No. 5 singles. McCaffrey, like Rose, improved to 4-0 in singles, as well.

The deciding match was at No. 1 singles, where Thomson edged Lahaie 7-6 (7-3) in a first set tie-breaker and then rode the momentum to a 6-0 deciding set.

Both teams will compete in the 30th Grass Court College Doubles Championship, beginning 1 p.m. Saturday at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I.