Late RIC Rally Sinks Women's Tennis, 5-4
Oct. 20, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Freshman Marissa Langellier (Greenville, RI/Smithfield HS) defeated sophomore Courtney Morey (Mashpee, MA/Mashpee HS) in a super-tiebreaker to give visiting Rhode Island College a 5-4 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's tennis team in the final Little East Conference match of the season for both teams Tuesday afternoon at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex.
The result created a three-way tie for third place in the conference that went down to the third tie-breaker, and will result in Bridgewater State being seeded third in the upcoming Little East Conference Tournament, the Corsairs fourth and RIC fifth.
The Anchorwomen won three consecutive singles matches to tie the match at 4-4, and Morey and Langellier split the first two sets of their deciding match. With darkness approaching, head coaches Ralph Perry of UMass Dartmouth and Liz Barrette of RIC agreed to a 10-point super-tiebreaker in lieu of a third set to decide the match. Langellier won nine of the first eleven points, but Morey rallied and won the next points to bring the score to 9-8 before Langellier's cross-court shot sealed the verdict. "Courtney played a heck of a match," said Perry. "She came all the way back, but Langellier hit a good shot for the win."
The Corsairs took a 4-1 lead after taking two of three doubles and getting wins from juniors Amy Lopes (Dartmouth, MA) at number one singles and Amber Ubertini (Dalton, MA/Wahconah HS) at number two. But junior Brittany LaBarre (Greenville, RI/Smithfield HS) defeated Blair Dalrymple at number four singles, 6-3, 6-2; freshman Doris Belanger (West Warwick, RI, West Warwick HS) downed freshman Juliet Levangie (Middleboro, MA/Coyle-Cassidy HS) at number six, 6-3, 6-3; and sophomore Gabrielle Batek (Greenville, RI/Smithfield HS) defeated sophomore Kelsey Grossmann (Holliston, MA/Holliston HS) at number three, 7-5, 6-2 to set up the deciging match at number five singles.
"It was a nail-biter," said Perry. "RIC came to play today, and we'll see them again on Thursday."
The Corsairs dropped to 8-4 and 4-3 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while the Anchorwomen improved to 9-5 and 3-3 with the defeat. Both teams will return to action when the LEC playoffs begin Thursday.
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