DARTMOUTH, Mass. – A third-set rally by junior Jenna Lahaie (Lakeville, Mass.) completed the comeback in singles for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's tennis, as the Corsairs defeated defending Little East Conference champions Bridgewater State 5-4 on Tuesday.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 5, Bridgewater State 4
Records: UMass Dartmouth (5-2, 3-1 LEC) | Bridgewater State (4-4, 3-1 LEC)
How it Happened
The Bears' doubles play gave the visitors a 2-1 lead before the Corsairs would rally in singles. Alison Scagnelli (Sutton, Mass.) and Bojana Roman (Somerset, Mass.) seized an 8-3 win at No. 2 doubles over the host pairing of Mollie McCaffrey (Taunton, Mass.) and Jillian Reichert (Marion, Mass.) to start. Lahaie and partner Jaime Fastino (Rehoboth, Mass.) drew the margin even, defeating Alisha Silva (Taunton, Mass.) and Amanda Strickland (Plymouth, Mass.) 8-5 at the top flight, but Rachel Tarantino (Mansfield, Mass.) and Angelique Gray (Osterville, Mass.) gave BSU the edge with an 8-6 win at No. 3 over seniors Samantha Rollings (Tiverton, R.I.) and Kerry Magoon (Marshfield, Mass.).
Fastino again drew UMass Dartmouth back into a tie, making quick work of Strickland at No. 4 to open singles by a 6-0, 6-3 margin. After Roman defeated Magoon 6-2, 6-1 at the second flight, the Corsairs saw a win at No. 6 by senior Molina Oung (Bourne, Mass.) over Olivia Sweeney (Taunton, Mass.) by a pair of 6-2 sets, followed by Rollings defeating Gray at No. 5 in three sets, 6-3, 2-6, 6-1.
It was Lahaie who then capped the final necessary point for the Corsairs to stay unbeaten at singles on the season. After dropping the first set 4-6 to Silva, she wrapped up back-to-back scores of 6-3 to give the hosts the win.
Inside the Numbers
- Lahaie extends her singles streak on the season to seven matches in just her second three-set decision thus far.
- Oung also remains undefeated, having now won five-straight matches at No. 6. She has yet to see a match go to three sets.
- The series between the Bears and Corsairs has been tight as of late, with the Corsairs prevailing 5-4 last season after Bridgewater State captured a 5-4 win in 2015.
UMass Dartmouth seeks a fourth LEC win on Thursday, traveling to Salem State for a 3:30 p.m. start, with Bridgewater State hosting Clark on the same afternoon.