Oct. 18, 2008
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's tennis team won three of the first four singles matches completed to defeat visiting Western Connecticut State, 5-2, in the semi-finals of the Little East Conference Tournament at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Saturday. Bridgewater State defeated Rhode Island College in the other semi-final match, 5-0, to set up a return match with the Corsairs in Sunday's conference championship.
UMass Dartmouth won two of the three doubles matches. Sophomore Amy Lopes (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS), who combined with senior Becky Bullock (Wrentham, MA/King Phillip Regional HS) to defeat sophomores Justine Perna (Burlington, CT/Lewis Mills HS) and Lauren Post (Danbury, CT/Danbury HS) at number one doubles, then defeated Perna at number one singles, 6-1, 6-1, to make it 3-1. Post defeated Bullock at number two, 6-4, 6-1 to make it 3-2. Sophomore Alexa Fiorita (Reading, MA/Reading HS) downed sophomore Brittany DiMauro (Torrington, CT/Torrington HS) at number five singles, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 to make it 4-2, and freshman Kelsey Grossmann (Holliston, MA/Holliston HS) downed junior Brittany Hoyack (Old Lyme, CT/Old Lyme HS) to clinch the match. Saturday's matches were terminated as soon as one team accumulated five points.
"I'm ecstatic about the win," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Ralph Perry. "We played a tough Western Connecticut that has improved since we first played them. Amy Lopes won first singles and got us on a roll, Alexa came on in the third set, and Kelsey Grossman lost the first set, came back to win the second set, and won the third set to clinch the match."
Bridgewater State won all three doubles. Junior Catarina Rosa (Fall River, MA/Bishop Connolly HS) of BSC defeated sophomore Kim Field (Barrington, RI/Barrington HS) at number four singles, 6-1, 6-0, and junior Paulina Ucher (Webster, MA/Bartlett HS) downed freshman Gabriela Batek (Greenville, RI/Smithfield HS) at number five singles, 6-2, 6-1 to give the Bears a 5-0 lead and the decision.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 14-1 with their victory, while WCSU dropped to 9-4 with their defeat. Bridgewater State is now 12-3, while RIC is now 8-8. The Corsairs will play BSC Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. for the LEC championship and the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships.