SALEM, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's tennis team rose to 4-1 in Little East Conference play on Thursday afternoon, topping conference foe Salem State 7-2 at the Central Campus Courts.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 7, Salem State 2
Records: UMass Dartmouth (6-2, 4-1 LEC) | Salem State (1-7, 0-5 LEC)
How it Happened
The Corsairs swept all three matches of doubles competition, featuring an 8-6 win by seniors Mollie McCaffrey (Taunton, Mass.) and Jillian Reichert (Marion, Mass.) at No. 2, followed by an 8-3 victory via clasmmates Samantha Rollings (Tiverton, R.I.) and Kerry Magoon (Marshfield, Mass.) at the third flight. Junior Jenna Lahaie (Lakeville, Mass.) and sophomore Jaime Fastino (Rehoboth, Mass.) edged out a 9-8 decision at the top flight, prevailing 7-3 in the tiebreak set to put the Corsairs up 3-0.
Lahaie took one of the two Corsair losses on the afternoon, suffering just her first singles loss of the season to Salem State's Madeline Allaire (Columbus, Ohio). In a three-set long quarrel between Cassie Morrison (Clinton, Mass.) and Fastino, the host outlasted the visitor in a match that concluded with a 12-10 deciding set. Rollings came from behind after dropping her first set, 6-3, and won the next two by the scores of 6-0 and 10-3 to bring the Corsairs another win.
Magoon and McCaffrey both cruised at the No. 2 and No. 3 flights, respectively, with neither allowing more than three games from their opponent. Senior Molina Oung's (Bourne, Mass.) strong No. 6 singles play continued, as she bettered Jackie Garvey (Melrose, Mass.) 6-4, 6-1.
Inside the Numbers
- Oung extends her singles winning streak to six matches. Garvey is the first opponent to score four games on the senior since Sept. 16.
- With the victory, the Corsairs clinch a guaranteed berth to the 2017 Little East Conference Women's Tennis tournament as the first team to reach four wins in conference competition.
- UMass Dartmouth has defeated Salem State in each of its last three competitions, dating back to 2015.
The Corsairs return home to take on Lesley University on Saturday at 1 p.m. Salem State will also play on their home court, taking on LEC foe Bridgewater State at noon on the same day.