Oct. 21, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's tennis team will try to defend their Little East Conference championship when they begin tournament play against Rhode Island College Thursday afternoon. The first-round match will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the tennis courts at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex.
The Corsairs come into the tournament with an 8-4 record, while the Anchorwomen are 9-5. Both teams finished 4-3 in the LEC, and after RIC defeated UMD Tuesday, 5-4, UMass Dartmouth was seeded fourth and Rhode Island College fifth after a tie-breaker was used to break a three-way tie for third place. Bridgewater State was seeded third and will host Southern Maine, with Western Connecticut State and Salem State receiving first-round byes.
"We lost a very tight match Tuesday, and our matches have been very competitive," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Ralph Perry. "When we played Western Connecticut and Salem State, the score was 6-3, but it didn't indicate how close the matches were. However, we can't look beyond tomorrow. We have to be successful in both doubles and in singles in order to win and move on."
The winner of Thursday's UMD-RIC match visits top-seeded WCSU Saturday at 12 noon, and SSC and the winner of the other first-round match are scheduled to play Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at Western Connecticut. Sunday's finals, also at WCSU, are scheduled for 1:00, and the winner will earn the LEC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships in May.
UMASS DARTMOUTH TENNIS