May 8, 2009
AMHERST, MA-In their NCAA Tournament debut, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's tennis team ran into their toughest opponent of the season, and fell to 18th-ranked Bowdoin, 5-0, in the first round of the tournament Friday at the Amherst College Tennis Courts.
The Corsairs fell behind, 3-0, after the doubles matches. The Polar Bears won the first two singles matches completed to clinch the decision and end the match.
Sophomore Amy Lopes (Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) and senior Becky Bullock (Wrentham, MA/King Phillip Regional HS) lost to Stephanie Langer and Emily Lombardi at number one doubles, 8-2. At number two, freshman Kelsey Grossmann (Holliston, MA/Holliston HS) and sophomore Blair Dalrymple (North Attleboro, MA/North Attleboro HS( lost to Rachel Waldman and Charlotte Hitch, 8-0; and at number three, sophomore Amber Ubertini (Dalton, MA/Wahconah HS) and freshman Courtney Morey (Mashpee, MA/Mashpee HS) fell to Liz Pedowitz and Hannah Hoerner, 8-0.
Bullock lost to Rachel Waldman at number two singles, 6-0, 6-0, and Dalrymple lost to Langer at number four, 6-1, 6-0.
"Our team played well, considering who they were playing," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Ralph Perry. "They were disappointed, but we played against a very good team from a very tough league. Our team fought hard and never gave up, and they were a credit to UMass Dartmouth by the way they handled themselves on the court."
Bowdoin improved to 9-8 with the victory, while UMass Dartmouth dropped to 15-2 with the defeat. The Polar Bears will play 19th-rated Tufts Saturday at 2:00 p.m. The match was the final competition of the season for UMass Dartmouth.
UMASS DARTMOUTH TENNIS