Women's Tennis Edges Plymouth State, 5-4
Sept. 17, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-With darkness quickly approaching, head coaches Ralph Perry of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's tennis team and Barbara Rawlsky-Willett of visiting Plymouth State decided to settle the number six singles match in a super-tiebreaker with the teams tied at 4-4 in their 2011 Little East Conference match at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Saturday.
Junior Liz Girczyc (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS) stepped up for the Corsairs. Girczyc jumped out to 6-1 and 9-2 leads and defeated sophomore Cheyenne Lessard (Berlin, NH/Berlin HS) in the tie-breaker, 10-4, allowing the Corsairs to clinch a 5-4 win. Girczyc and Lessard had split the first two sets of their match.
The Corsairs led, 2-1, after doubles and the match was tied, 3-3 after the first three singles results were in. Sophomore Angela Pollard (Portsmouth, RI/Portsmouth HS) defeated sophomore Molly Heartfield (Dorset, VT/Burr & Burton HS) at number three singles, 6-1, 0-6, 6-3, but senior Megan Cooper (Oxnard, CA/Rio Mesa HS) of the Panthers downed UMD sophomore Allison Furtado (Fairhaven, MA/Fairhaven HS) at number four singles, 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 to set the stage for Girczyc's dramatic victory.
"Liz pulled it out for us," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Ralph Perry. "There wasn't enough time to play a full third set, we were finishing up in darkness. Angela Pollard played very well for us, she got down in the second set and bounced back nicely."
The Corsairs improved to 2-1 and 1-0 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while the Panthers dropped to 2-2 and 1-2 in the LEC with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Rhode Island College Tuesday. PSU will visit Colby-Sawyer Wednesday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH TENNIS
UMass Dartmouth 5, Plymouth State 4 Sep 17, 2011 at North Dartmouth, MA (UMD Athletic Complex) Singles competition 1. Sara Burke (PSU) def. Nicole Pelletier (UMDWT) 6-3, 7-5 2. Lydia Smith (PSU) def. Courtney Morey (UMDWT) 6-3, 6-2 3. Angela Pollard (UMDWT) def. Molly Heartfield (PSU) 6-1, 0-6, 6-3 4. Megan Cooper (PSU) def. Allison Furtado (UMDWT) 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 5. Hannah Schulze (UMDWT) def. Elizabeth Silsby (PSU) 6-1, 6-2 6. Liz Girczyc (UMDWT) def. Cheyenne Lessard (PSU) 5-7, 6-2, 1-0 (10-4)
Doubles competition 1. Sara Burke/Molly Heartfield (PSU) def. Nicole Pelletier/Courtney Morey (UMDWT) 8-4 2. Angela Pollard/Allison Furtado (UMDWT) def. Lydia Smith/Elizabeth Silsby (PSU) 8-6 3. Hannah Schulze/Liz Girczyc (UMDWT) def. Megan Cooper/Jane Duggan (PSU) 8-5
Match Notes Plymouth State 2-2, 1-2 LEC UMass Dartmouth 2-1, 1-0 LEC Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,5,2,3,4,6) T-3:30 A-100