Oct. 5, 2011
PROVIDENCE, RI-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's tennis team used a couple of close wins to sweep the doubles, and went on to defeat host Rhode Island College, 7-2, in a Little East Conference match at the RIC Outdoor Courts Wednesday afternoon.
The Corsairs had to come from behind after trailing in two of the doubles matches.
UMass Dartmouth trailed, 4-0, at both first and second doubles. Sophomore Nicole Pelletier (Swansea, MA/Case HS) and senior Courtney Morey (Mashpee, MA/Mashpee HS) broke an 8-8 tie to win their first doubles tie-breaker against Chelsea Brown and Gaby Batek, 7-0, taking the match, 9-8. At number two, freshman Hannah Schulze (Chelmsford, MA/ Chelmsford HS) and junior Liz Girczyc (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS) rallied to down Doris Belanger and Gianna Vallante, 8-5, while at number three, sophomore Allison Furtado (Fairhaven, MA/Fairhaven HS) and junior Ekaterine Tzavaras (Brockton, MA/West Bridgewater HS) defeated Taylor Clark and Amanda Ferri, 8-2.
In singles, Pelletier defeated Brown in a super tiebreaker at number one, 6-4, 2-6, (10-6), Schulze downed Vallante at number four, 6-4, 6-0, Girczyc defeated Clark at number five, 6-1, 6-0, and Tzavares downed Ferri at number six, 6-2, 6-1.
"It was a very interesting match," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Ralph Perry. "We got a slow start in both first and second doubles, but we made a nice comeback in each match and came back to win. Alison and Ekaterine played very well in third doubles. Ekaterine also got us going with a win at sixth singles, and we came through. I was very pleased with the win."
The Corsairs improved to 5-2 and 4-1 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while the Anchorwomen dropped to 1-11 and 1-4 in the Little East with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Salve Regina Thursday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH TENNIS