WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – The Corsairs claimed two of three doubles matchups and then rolled during singles, jumping back on the winning track on Thursday evening with a 7-1 victory on the road at St. Joseph (Conn.).
Score: UMass Dartmouth 7, St. Joseph (Conn.) 1
Records: UMass Dartmouth 2-1 | St. Joseph 1-1
How it Happened
UMass Dartmouth jumped out to a 2-1 lead after doubles, nearly sweeping with the No. 3 matchup forced into a tiebreak. The No. 2 duo of junior Mollie McCaffrey (Taunton, Mass.) and freshman Jamie Fastino (Rehoboth, Mass.) finished first, cruising to an 8-6 victory. At the top flight, it took an extra point for sophomore Jenna Lahaie (Lakeville, Mass.) and junior Kerry Magoon (Marshfield, Mass.) to up the lead to 2-0, eventually claiming a 9-7 win. At No. 3, senior Jillian Reichert (Marion, Mass.) and junior Samantha Rollings (Tiverton, R.I.)achieved a 7-6 match point before eventually slipping 9-8 to their Blue Jay counterparts.
A singles sweep was then in store, with five Corsairs taking victories. Fastino won her competition first at No. 4, prevailing 6-2, 6-0, and Lahaie secured a 6-1, 6-1 win at the top flight. Clinching the match was Magoon at No. 2 by a 6-0, 6-2 score.
McCaffrey also won by a 6-0, 6-2 score at No. 3, and Rollings capped the evening, earning a tough second set in a tiebreak at No. 5 after an easy 6-0 win in the first set. Classmate Molina Oung (Bourne, Mass.) split sets at No. 6 before the match was called due to darkness.
Inside the Numbers
- Fastino won 11 straight games in her singles competition, rising from a 1-2 deficit to her eventual 6-2, 6-0 win.
- Magoon cruised in her No. 2 matchup, defeating the same opponent to whom she lost in three sets during the 2015 season.
- McCaffrey and Fastino are still unbeaten in singles matches, both now 3-0 in the No. 3 and No. 4 flights, respectively.
- Thursday marked the doubles debut for Rollings and Reichert on the season.
The Corsairs look to remain unbeaten in Little East Conference play, hosting league foe Salem State at 1 p.m. on Saturday.