Corsairs Advance to LEC Semifinals with Win over UMass Boston

Corsairs Advance to LEC Semifinals with Win over UMass Boston

2015 LEC Women's Tennis Bracket

DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's tennis team advanced to the Little East Conference tournament semifinals for the eighth straight year, eliminating the University of Mass. Boston, 5-2, Tuesday in a quarterfinal matchup at the UMD Tennis Courts.

The No. 4 seeded Corsairs, who improved to 9-6 overall, advance to face No. 1 seed Rhode Island College, 12-0 and 8-0 LEC, in a 2 p.m. semifinal in Providence, R.I. The Anchorwomen took a competitive 6-3 decision over UMass Dartmouth in their regular season meeting on Sept. 22. The No. 5- seeded Beacons completed their season at 6-7 overall, after a 4-4 LEC campaign, both school records for victories.  

The Corsairs took a 2-1 lead after the doubles and then won three of the first four singles to complete the 5-2 win that was played to decision.

Sophomores Kerry Magoon (Marshfield, MA) and Kheyla Orival (Woburn, MA) got the Corsairs started with a 8-1 victory in the second doubles flight. That win reversed an 8-6 loss to Beacons' juniors Vicky Woytowicz (Springfield, MA) and Kelsey Shea (West Bridgewater, MA) in their first meeting, a 8-1 team win by UMass Dartmouth on Oct. 8.

UMD senior co-captain Kristen Rose (North Dartmouth, MA) and sophomore Mollie McCaffrey (Taunton, MA) won their 14th doubles match this season, 8-4, over senior Nurcin Celebi (Istanbul, Turkey) and sophomore Meghan Erickson (Hubbardston, MA), putting the Corsairs ahead, 2-0.

Sophomore Kristy Garcia (Miami, FL) and senior Logan Smith (Southwick, MA) saved two match points and pulled the Beacons to within 1-2 with a 9-7 victory in the first doubles flight over freshman Jenna Lahaie (Lakeville, MA) and senior co-captain Maggie LeBrun (Mattapoisett, MA). The Corsairs led 7-6 and served at 40-15 when the Boston duo began their comeback.

Sophomore Samantha Rollings (Tiverton, RI) increased the Corsairs margin to 3-1 with a 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 6 singles. 

Garcia rallied from 1-4 down in the first set to avenge an earlier loss to Lahaie, 6-4, 6-1 to momentarily keep the Beacons hopes alive.

McCaffrey (6-0, 6-1 at No. 5) and Rose (6-1, 6-0 at No. 4) clinched the playoff victory for the Corsairs. LeBrun and Magoon were leading in their respective matches when the team match was halted at 5-2.

Defending LEC champions Plymouth State, the No. 3 seed, defeated No. 6 Worcester State, 5-0, in the other quarterfinal. Plymouth will play at No. 2 Bridgewater State, also on Thursday at 2 p.m. The LEC championship match is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at the highest remaining seed's home courts.