NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth matched with a tough Little East Conference opponent on Saturday afternoon in Plymouth State, but rose to the occasion, coming away with an 8-1 decision to move into fourth in the current conference standings.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 8, Plymouth State 1
Records: UMass Dartmouth (7-4, 5-2 LEC) | Plymouth State (9-4, 4-3 LEC)
How It Happened
The Corsairs got out to an early lead in the match as two of its doubles pairing came away with straight-set victories over their opponents. Junior Jenna Lahaie (Lakeville, Mass.) and sophomore Jaime Fastino (Rehoboth, Mass.) bounced back from their last match in an 8-0 set score while Mollie McCaffrey (Taunton, Mass.) and Jillian Reichert (Marion, Mass.) improved their overall record together to 6-3 on the year.
In singles matches, Lahaie continued to roll as she topped her opponent 6-2, 6-2 in straight-sets before Magoon took her meeting with Irene Kigugu (Concord, N.H.) by a 6-1, 6-2 score to seal the match victory. In the No. 3 singles ranking, McCaffrey defeated her opponent before Fastino made it seven-straight victories after coasting to a 6-2, 6-0 decision.
The Panthers got their first victory of the day in the No. 5 singles pairing as freshman Chloe Knapp (Jamestown, N.Y.) needed three sets to put away Samantha Rollings (Tiverton, R.I.). In the final match of the day, senior Molina Oung (Bourne, Mass.) continued to keep her unbeaten streak alive for the season, battling out the win as Sydney Welch (Brockport, N.Y.) forced three sets before eventually falling by the 7-6, 6-1, 10-7 scores.
Inside the Numbers
- Oung improves her singles season record to 9-0 following her win at No. 6 today. Dating back to last season, she has prevailed in 23 of her last 24 singles matches.
- Lahaie ups her season-record in singles to 8-3 while Fastino improves her mark to 6-3 for the season.
UMass Dartmouth has just three matches left before playoffs, with the next coming on Tuesday on the road against Curry College at 3:00 P.M. Plymouth State looks to bounce back in its final regular-season match as it takes on Western Connecticut next Saturday at 1:00 P.M.