WORCESTER, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's tennis team captured five of the six singles matches to defeat Worcester State University 7-2 on Tuesday afternoon in a Little East Conference match at the Corash Tennis Courts on the campus of Clark University.
The Corsairs won for the second time in their past three matches to even their overall record at 4-4, including a 2-2 mark inside the conference circuit. The Lancers fell to 4-6 and 2-3.
UMass Dartmouth started strong out of the gates, taking an early 1-0 advantage. Senior captain Kristen Rose (North Dartmouth, Mass.) and sophomore Mollie McCaffrey (Taunton, Mass.) cruised to an 8-1 decision to remain undefeated at No. 3 doubles. However, Worcester State responded at top-flight doubles when junior Shelby Jenkins (West Brookfield, Mass.) and senior Megan Shepard (Middletown, Conn.) edged freshman Jenna Lahaie (Lakeville, Mass.) and senior captain Maggie LeBrun (Mattapoisett, Mass.), 9-7 to forge a 1-all tie. The Corsairs took a lead they would never relinquish as freshman Kaela Dunn (North Attleboro, Mass.) and sophomore Kerry Magoon (Marshfield, Mass.) posted an 8-6 victory at No. 3 doubles.
UMass Dartmouth seized control of the match during the singles portion, winning all five of its matches in straight sets. Lahaie set the tone at the top of the Corsairs' lineup, posting a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 1 singles. Rose continued her impressive play at fourth-flight singles, shutting out her opponent 6-0, 6-0. McCaffrey bested her opponent at No. 5 singles, 6-2, 6-0, while LeBrun earned a 6-1, 6-2 decision at third-flight singles. Magoon rounded out UMass Dartmouth's scoring at No. 2 singles, registering a 6-1, 6-4 win.
The Corsairs will return to action at 1 p.m. on October 3, when UMass Dartmouth hosts intra-state rival UMass Boston.