WORCESTER, Mass. – In a six-hour marathon match spanning both outdoor and indoor play, Worcester State was able to escape the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth for a 5-4 win in Little East Conference play Friday evening.
Score: Worcester State 5, UMass Dartmouth 4
Records: Worcester State (4-1, 1-1 LEC) | UMass Dartmouth (4-2, 2-1 LEC)
How it Happened
Worcester State took a quick lead as play began outdoors at Wachusett Regional High School, with the No. 3 doubles team of Alexis Silk (Greenfield, Mass.) and Dominique Alves (Ludlow, Mass.) dealing an 8-3 loss to Kerry Magoon (Marshfield, Mass.) and Samantha Rollings (Tiverton, R.I.). The Corsairs finished the doubles competition on top though, picking up a pair of 8-5 victories at No. 1 with Jenna Lahaie (Lakeville, Mass.) and Jaime Fastino (Rehoboth, Mass.) and No. 2 with Mollie McCaffrey (Taunton, Mass.) and Jillian Reichert (Marion, Mass.).
The rain forced singles play to the Paxton Indoor Club, where UMass Dartmouth added two more points to extend the lead to three. Senior Molina Oung (Bourne, Mass.) took a quick 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 6 over Lancer Monika Mularski (Auburn, Mass.) before Lahaie dispatched Lauren Taylor (Attleboro, Mass.) 6-4, 6-3 at the top flight.
Down 4-1 with the Corsairs a point away from sealing the match, Worcester State then rose to the occasion. Alves began the comeback with a 6-3, 6-2 defeat of Fastino at No. 4, and Rachel Green (Worcester, Mass.) overtook Rollings 6-0, 6-3 at No. 5. Following a 7-5 first set win, Nathalie Khafaga (Auburn, Mass.) downed Magoon 6-2 in the second set, drawing the overall match score even.
Silk then sealed the match, picking up a 6-2, 6-3 decision over McCaffrey at the third flight to seal the Lancers' first LEC victory of the season.
Inside the Numbers
- Friday marks Worcester State's first-ever win over UMass Dartmouth in the sport of women's tennis.
- Lahaie remains unbeaten on the year at the Corsairs' top flight, rising to 6-0 on the season.
- The duo of Oung and freshman Michelle Aftandilian (Watertown, Mass.) have combined to keep UMass Dartmouth undefeated at the No. 6 flight. Oung is 4-0, and Aftandilian 2-0 with a win at No. 5.
The Corsairs look to get back on track right away, hosting defending LEC champions Bridgewater State on Tuesday with a 3 p.m. scheduled start.