NORTH READING, Mass. -- Senior Jenna Lahaie (Lakeville, Mass.) claimed wins in both singles and doubles play to lead UMass Dartmouth to a 6-3 non-league college women’s tennis dual-match victory over Suffolk Thursday evening at North Reading High School.
Lahaie posted a straight-set triumph at number one singles for the visiting Corsairs (7-4), and she teamed up with junior Jaime Fastino (Rehoboth, Mass.) for an 8-4 win at number one doubles. Sophomore Michelle Aftandilian (Watertown, Mass.) used a 6-1 victory in the deciding frame to notch a three-set triumph at number three singles for UMass Dartmouth, which also received straight set singles wins from junior Monika Reining (Linsengericht, Germany) and sophomore Emma Sokolovsky (Canton, Mass.) at the respective fifth and sixth singles spots. Junior Natasha Shiku (North Grafton, Mass.) and sophomore Jordan Martin (Taunton, Mass.) recorded the other point of the night for the visitors with a 9-8 victory at number three doubles, as the duo registered a 7-2 victory in the tiebreaker to earn the triumph.
Freshmen Ilda Ascic (Sarajevo, Bosnia) and Kendall Smith (Stuttgart, Germany) each posted straight set wins at respective second and fourth singles positions in the setback for the host Rams (4-7), as Smith teamed up with senior Elena Cisneros Garcia (Barcelona, Spain) for Suffolk’s other point of the evening in a 8-3 victory at number two doubles.
UMass Dartmouth brings a three-match winning streak into a Little East Conference dual-match on Saturday afternoon with UMass Boston on the UMD Courts beginning at 1:00 pm, while Suffolk hosts Johnson & Wales in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference dual-match on Saturday afternoon at North Reading High School that begins at Noon.
(Photo Credit: Lyrik Gelmete '21)