DARTMOUTH, Mass. – UMass Dartmouth closed out the regular season on a high note, completing a five-match match winning streak by sweeping Southern Maine 9-0 on Saturday and wrapping up the No. 3 seed for the upcoming LEC Championship.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 9, Southern Maine 0
Records: UMass Dartmouth (9-4, 6-2 LEC) | Southern Maine (1-10, 0-7 LEC)
How it Happened
The Corsairs sailed through their matches on the afternoon, winning all three doubles 8-4, 8-0, and 8-3, respectively. At No. 1 doubles, the tandem of Jenna Lahaie (Lakeville, Mass.) and Jillian Reichert (Marion, Mass.) captured their third-straight victory in LEC action, and four out of five matches overall. Mollie McCaffrey (Taunton, Mass.) and Jaime Fastino (Rehoboth, Mass.) capped off conference play with a 6-0 record as a duo.
At No. 3 doubles, it was the pairing of Amelia Ralowicz (Lowell, Mass.) in her doubles debut, and her partner Samantha Rollings (Tiverton, R.I.), who won her sixth-consecutive match, to put away the sweep.
In singles play, UMass Dartmouth continued to roll, winning 10 of the 13 sets 6-0 or 6-1. No. 3 singles saw Fastino win her sixth-consecutive match and improve to 10-3 in her rookie campaign. Rollings improved to 9-4 overall and took her fifth-straight. Molina Oung (Bourne, Mass.) also won her sixth-consecutive, finishing her LEC record 8-0 and 11-1 overall. Reichert won her fourth-straight singles match at No. 6.
Inside the Numbers
- UMass Dartmouth has won three of its final four matches with a 9-0 decision.
- The Corsairs have had the Huskies' number as of late, winning six straight matches with their last loss to Southern Maine coming back on Oct. 1, 2011 where the Huskies won a 5-4 verdict.
- UMass Dartmouth found its groove in doubles play in recent weeks and have now won 15 out of the last 17 doubles matches. The Corsairs finished the regular season with an 18-6 doubles record in conference play.
UMass Dartmouth finished the regular season with a 6-2 record in conference play, and drew the No. 3 seed for the annual Little East Conference Tournament, which kicks off Tuesday. The Corsairs enter as the defending champions, and will host UMass Boston in the quarterfinals for the second-straight year. Last season, the Corsairs downed the Beacons 5-2 in the opening round.