ST. ALBANS, VT-- After falling behind 2-1 in doubles play, UMass Boston earned a comeback 5-4 victory over Johnson St. College (VT) behind wins at each of the top four singles spots at the Collins-Perley Sports Complex. The match was originally scheduled to be played on campus in Johnson, Vermont but had to be moved due to rain.
Captains Hieu Nguyen (Dorchester, MA) and Samantha Counts (Bridgewater, MA) led the way with a win at number one doubles and wins at number one and number two singles. Imani Williams (Roxbury, MA) earned a hard-fought victory at number three singles and newcomer Stephony Reeves (Dorchester, MA) clinched the win, with a victory at number four singles.
With the team only bringing five players on their road trip to Vermont, the Beacons entered the match trailing 2-0 because of an automatic forfeit at number three doubles and number six singles but the small but talented group earned the win anyway.
Nguyen and Counts cut the deficit to 2-1 with an 8-3 victory at number one doubles but Ngoc Le (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) and Williams fell at number two doubles 8-4 to put Johnson State College just three wins away.
UMass Boston extended the Badgers losing streak to 15 though with strong singles play after St. Johnson College held a 4-2 lead in the match. Reeves cruised to an easy straight set 6-4, 6-3 victory to keep the Beacons alive down 4-2 and her teammates did the rest.
Williams, who made her first appearance since 2008, took a 6-4, 7-6 (9-7) win at number three doubles. It took the sophomore six match points to finally finish off Deanna Brandstetter and to start the Beacons rally. Counts followed with another hard-fought victory at number two singles, as she held off Annette Kaminski by a 6-4, 7-6 (6-3). Nguyen won her first match at number one singles, after playing at number four and number five doubles last year, and closed out the win with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Emily Miller.
The Beacons will be back in action Saturday afternoon when they play at Castleton State College in Rutland, Vermont at 1 p.m. UMass Boston will then have an 11-day layoff before hosting Johnson & Wales University (RI) in their home opener on September 13.