BOSTON, Mass.—Senior Kelsey Shea (West Bridgewater, Mass.) set the program record for career matches played Sunday afternoon, as UMass Boston women's tennis played their final dual match of the 2016-17 season.
Emerson College 5, UMass Boston 4
(UMass Boston 8-11)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Trailing Beacon legend and assistant coach Anitra Kloczewiak ('13) by one match played entering the day, Shea broke the program record when she stepped on the court at fourth singles. With her appearances at second doubles and fourth singles, Shea played in her 128th and 129th career matches.
Emerson had only five available players, meaning the Beacons started the day with a 2-0 advantage, due to forfeits at third doubles and sixth singles.
The Lions cut the deficit in half at 2-1, when Sabrina Jacobs and Alex Weingarten defeated Vicky Woytowicz (Springfield, Mass.) and Shea 8-4 at second doubles.
UMass Boston pushed the lead back to two at 3-1, with Garcia and Tueme teaming up for an 8-5 win at top-flight doubles.
Emerson would fight back from the deficit though, as the Lions won four of the five singles matches that were actually played.
Jolin Cheng cut the deficit to 3-2, when she defeated Maria Benatuil (Caracas, Venezuela) 6-2, 6-3 at fifth singles.
The Lions would tie the match at second singles, with Alisha Parikh defeating Kathleen Conroy (Quincy, Mass.) 6-1, 6-1.
UMass Boston would take their final lead of the day at first singles. Garcia downed Jacob 6-1 in the first set, before finding herself in an early hole in the second. The Beacons' junior rallied from deficits of 4-1 and 5-4 to earn a 6-1, 7-5 win.
Weingarten would even the match at 4-4 at fourth singles. After Shea took the first set 6-2, Weingarten charged back for a 2-6, 6-0, 6-3 victory.
In the final match of the day, Rachel Scalera outlasted Meghan Erickson (Hubbardston, Mass.) 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 at third singles in the closest match of the day.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Shea, Kloczewiak and Samantha Counts ('13) are the only players in program history to have played in over 100 matches. Garcia sits fifth all-time with her 96 matches played.
- Emerson improved to 3-1 all-time against the Beacons with the victory. The Lions are 5-0 this season against Division III non-conference opponents and 4-0 against LEC sides.
- Garcia earned her third-straight singles victory to improve to 9-9 on the season. Her nine singles matches mark a new career-high.
- Tueme made her debut at first doubles on Sunday. She had never played higher than third doubles.
The Beacons will close out the season on Monday April 17, when they look to defend their title at the 3rd Annual Beacons Invitational.