PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After upsetting Rhode Island College in last year's Little East Conference tournament semifinals, UMass Dartmouth couldn't duplicate the result this year, as the No. 2-seeded Anchorwomen downed the No. 3 Corsairs 5-0 to advance to the LEC Championship match.
Score: Rhode Island College 5, UMass Dartmouth 0
Records: Rhode Island College (13-1, 7-1 LEC) | UMass Dartmouth (10-5, 6-2 LEC)
How it Happened
Rhode Island College jumped out to a quick lead after taking No. 1 and No. 3 doubles by 8-4 and 8-3 scores, respectively. UMass Dartmouth fought back in No. 2 doubles, but Mollie McCaffrey (Taunton, Mass.) and Jamie Fastino (Rehoboth, Mass.) eventually fell in a closely-contested 8-6 match.
Leading 3-0 and needing only two of the six singles matches to clinch a berth in the finals, RIC punched their ticket after winning at No. 1 and No. 2 singles. Julie Reddy (Smithfield, R.I.) wrapped up a 6-0, 6-1 victory over McCaffrey at No. 2, and Dayna Reilly (Swansea, Mass.) clinched the match, downing sophomore Jenna Lahaie (Lakeville, Mass.), in a pair of 6-1 sets at the top flight.
Inside the Numbers
- McCaffrey and Fastino dropped their first match against LEC competition as a duo after going 7-0 during the regular season. Entering the match, Fastino was 10-0 in conference doubles play, before falling 8-6 today.
- Samantha Rollings (Tiverton, R.I) had a seven match winning streak at No. 3 doubles snapped, which she held with three different partners.
- UMass Dartmouth's Molina Oung (Bourne, Mass.) and Jillian Reichert (Marion, Mass.) were both trailing in their respective singles matches by a set before the match was decided.
Rhode Island College will take on Bridgewater State in the Little East Conference Championship on Saturday at Bridgewater. UMass Dartmouth ends their season at 10-5 overall, eclipsing the 10-win mark for the third time in four seasons and 10th time in program history.