DARTMOUTH, Mass. – UMass Dartmouth made a roaring comeback in singles, but a 3-0 deficit after doubles proved too deep a hole out of which to climb in the Corsairs' home opener, eventually falling 5-4 to Emerson College on Tuesday.
Score: Emerson 5, UMass Dartmouth 4
Records: Emerson 1-2 | UMass Dartmouth 1-1
How it Happened
The Corsairs got off to a slow start, dropping all three doubles matches. Emerson's pair of Alisha Parikh and Jamie CoConis quickly dispatched the top UMass Dartmouth duo of sophomore Jenna Lahaie (Lakeville, Mass.) and junior Kerry Magoon (Marshfield, Mass.), 8-5.
At No. 2, junior Mollie McCaffrey (Taunton, Mass.) and freshman Jamie Fastino (Rehoboth, Mass.) suffered an 8-6 loss before junior Kheyla Orival (Woburn, Mass.) and freshman Natasha Shiku (North Grafton, Mass.) put up a fight at No. 3. The pair nearly pulled off the Corsairs' first win of the day but slipped 9-7 after going up 7-6.
UMass Dartmouth then embarked on a near comeback in singles, anchored by the lower flights. Junior Molina Oung (Bourne, Mass.) made quick work of her opponent at No. 6 to start, winning 6-0, 6-3. After Magoon slipped at No. 2, McCaffrey turned in a 6-1, 6-3 victory at No. 3 over CoConis.
Jacobs posted what would be the deciding match at No. 1 over Lahaie, but the No. 4 and No. 5 matchups both saw Corsair resurgences. After falling 2-6 in the opening set, Fastino came bounding back to take the next two sets 6-1 and 6-3 over Scalera, and Rollings prevailed 6-1, 6-2 in her final sets after slipping 4-6 in the opener at No. 5.
- UMass Dartmouth is now 7-1 at the lower four flights through two matches, with Fastino, McCaffrey and Oung all sitting at 2-0.
- Tuesday's loss is the first for the Corsairs in the fall months since last Oct. 15, when UMass Dartmouth fell to Salve Regina 6-3.
- Corsair Assistant Coach Kayleigh Holt is an Emerson alumna, where she was a four-time all-conference selection at the top flights.
The Corsairs return to Connecticut on Thursday, traveling to St. Joseph for a 4 p.m. match.