DARTMOUTH, Mass. – In a rematch of last year's Little East Conference Semifinals, the roles were reversed as the Anchorwomen prevailed 7-2 over the hosting Corsairs in Little East Conference women's tennis action Tuesday afternoon.
Score: Rhode Island College 7, UMass Dartmouth 2
Records: Rhode Island College (8-0, 4-0 LEC) | UMass Dartmouth (4-2, 3-1 LEC)
How it Happened
The Corsairs secured a hard-fought win in the doubles pairings, as junior Mollie McCaffrey (Taunton, Mass.) and freshman Jaime Fastino (Rehoboth, Mass.) rallied from a 6-7 deficit to win 9-7 at No. 2, handing the Anchorwomen duo of Katherine Braganca (Pawtucket, R.I.) and Isabella Romeo (Greenville, R.I.) their first loss in eight matches this season. Rhode Island College went on to win the No.1 and No. 3 doubles to enter singles up 2-1.
Junior Molina Oung (Bourne, Mass.) was able to wrap up the No. 5 singles contest first and remained unbeaten on the season with a 6-1, 6-1 win in her match over RIC senior Jorgie Martin, who was 5-0 at singles entering the match.
The top pick in the 2016 Little East Conference Preseason Poll was then able to finish off the Corsairs, taking the final five singles matches to remain undefeated on the season.
Inside the Numbers
- Dating back to last season, including the LEC tournament, the Corsairs had won nine consecutive matches against LEC opposition. Their last loss was 5-4 to Bridgewater State on Oct. 6, 2015.
- Oung is now 5-0 overall and 4-0 at the No. 6 singles flight, while McCaffrey and Fastino rise to 4-3 overall as a doubles pair.
- Senior Jillian Reichert (Marion, Mass.) played in her first singles competition of the season, and nearly took the first set against Romeo, falling in a 6-7 (6-10) tiebreak.
The Corsairs will host Johnson & Wales (R.I.) on Thursday for a 3:30 p.m. start time.