PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The top team in the Little East Conference women's tennis standings played to form as Rhode Island College captured a 7-2 victory over the visiting University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Tuesday evening at the RIC Tennis Center.
Score: Rhode Island College 7, UMass Dartmouth 2
Records: Rhode Island College (11-0, 5-0 LEC) | UMass Dartmouth (6-3, 4-2 LEC)
How It Happened
UMass Dartmouth was outmatched in the doubles portion, falling behind 3-0 early. The No. 1 team of junior Jenna Lahaie (Lakeville, Mass.) and sophomore Jaime Fastino (Rehoboth, Mass.) was topped 8-1, before senior Mollie McCaffrey (Taunton, Mass.) and Jillian Reichert (Marion, Mass.) fell by the 8-4 final. Samantha Rollings (Tiverton, Mass.) and Kerry Magoon (Marshfield, Mass.) battled in the final pairing, but ultimately dropped the 9-7 match.
In singles, the Anchorwomen won the opening match before sealing the victory in back-to-back 6-0, 6-0 winning sets, as Grace Zangari (Saunderstown, R.I.) and Katherine Braganca (Pawtucket, R.I.) shut out Magoon and McCaffrey, respectively.
The Corsairs salvaged what was left of the match as Fastino won her match 6-4, 6-3 against Laura Nastasi (Smithville, NJ.) before senior Molina Oung (Bourne, Mass.) remained undefeated. Oung was blanked by Laurel Ten Eyck (Warwick, R.I.) in the first set, before rallying back for a 7-6 second set in a 7-3 tiebreak, and seized the final superset 11-9.
Inside the Numbers
- Oung outmatched her counterpart, who was also undefeated on the season in singles prior to the meeting. Oung has won 20 of her last 21 matches dating back to last season.
- With the loss, the Corsairs fall into a tie with Plymouth State for fourth place in the current LEC standings. RIC holds its number one spot as the lone undefeated team in the conference.
The Corsairs are on the road again for the next matchup as they look to bounce back against Eastern Nazarene on Thursday at 3:30 P.M.