Bears Edge Corsairs In Little East Showdown

Bears Edge Corsairs In Little East Showdown

DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Bridgewater State University sophomore Alison Scagnelli (Sutton, Mass.) won at No. 5 singles, to break a 4-4 tie and give the Bears a 5-4 victory over hosts University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in a tightly-contested Little East Conference women's tennis contest Tuesday evening.

The match began at the UMD Tennis Courts, but Scagnelli finished her 7-6 (8-6), 6-2 victory over previously unbeaten Corsair sophomore Mollie McCaffrey (Taunton, Mass.) under the lights at the Dianne B. Snyder Memorial Courts in Westport.

Bridgewater State improved to 5-3 and remained unbeaten in the conference (4-0), while UMass Dartmouth dropped its fourth 5-4 decision of the season to fall to  4-5, including 2-3 against Little East opponents.

The Bears grabbed a 2-1 lead after the doubles. Bridgewater State senior captain Ali Vautrin (Somerset, Mass.) and sophomore Rebecca Zeuschner (West Hartford, Conn.) held off sophomore Kerry Magoon (Marshfield, Mass.) and freshmen Kaela Dunn (North Attlerboro, Mass.) 8-6 at No. 2 doubles, while Scagnelli and sophomore Bo Roman (Somerset, Mass.) handed McCaffrey and senior co-captain Kristen Rose (North Dartmouth, Mass.) their first loss of the season, 8-4, at No. 3 doubles.

The Corsairs earned their first point of the match, when freshman Jenna Lahaie (Lakeville, Mass.) and senior co-captain Maggie LeBrun (Mattapoisett, Mass.) defeated Bears freshman Haley Anderson (San Antonio, Texas) and sophomore Alisha Silva (Taunton, MA), 9-7, in a see-saw battle at No. 1 doubles.

Roman won the first of the six singles matches at No. 6, but was quickly matched by Rose's win at No. 4.

Magoon tied the match score at 3-3 with a straight-set 6-4, 6-4 decision over Silva at No. 2 singles.

Anderson put the Bears back on top, 4-3, with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over LeBrun at No. 3 singles.

Lahaie re-tied the team match, 4-4, by besting Vautrin 6-4, 6-1 at No. 1 singles.

That left it up to the final match on the courts. Scagnelli took the crucial two-hour first-set in a tie-breaker. She led 6-3 in the tie-breaker before McCaffrey saved three sets to get to 6-6. However Scagnelli won the next two points to take the set and the momentum.

UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8, when the Corsairs host  UMass Boston (4-4, 3-2 LEC).