PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Sophomore Hailey Raskob (North Smithfield, R.I.) was victorious in both singles and doubles action as top-seeded Rhode Island College posted a 5-2 victory over fourth-seeded UMass Dartmouth in semifinal round play of the 2018 Little East Conference Women’s Tennis Championships Friday afternoon at the RIC Tennis Center.
The host Anchorwomen, who improve to 16-0 overall on the season, advance to Saturday’s Little East championship match against second-seeded Plymouth State that begins at 11:00 am at the RIC Tennis Center, as the Panthers advanced to the title match with a 5-4 triumph over third-seeded Salem State in Friday’s other semifinal. The visiting Corsairs, who were making their 11th straight trip to the conference tournament, end their season at 11-5 overall.
Raskob and fellow sophomore Grace Zangari (Saunderstown, R.I.) posted an 8-6 win at number two doubles for Rhode Island College, which also claimed a triumph at the number three spot from the tandem of sophomores Serena Bobola (Cranston, R.I.) and Emily Orticerio (North Smithfield, R.I.) by an 8-4 margin. Senior Jenna Lahaie (Lakeville, Mass.) and junior Jaime Fastino (Rehoboth, Mass.) collected UMass Dartmouth’s lone doubles point with an 8-4 victory at the top position.
Raskob extended the Anchorwomen’s lead to 3-1 with a 6-1, 6-0 win at number three singles, but Lahaie countered with a 6-2, 6-1 victory at the number one position to slice the Corsairs’ deficit to one. Freshman Clara Siegmund (Pomfret, Conn.) secured the hosts’ fourth set with a 6-2, 6-1 triumph at number five singles, and sophomore Lauren Ten Eyck (Warwick, R.I.) sealed Rhode Island College’s victory with a 6-4, 6-0 win at the number six singles spot.
UMass Dartmouth ends the season by reaching double-digits in the win column for the sixth time in seven years, as the Corsairs have achieved that feat in 12 of the last 14 campaigns overall.
(Photo Credit: Darryl Konicki, Little East Assistant Commissioner)