Women's Tennis Falls Short In Marathon Match Vs. Worcester State

Women's Tennis Falls Short In Marathon Match Vs. Worcester State

BOSTON, Mass.—Worcester State University earned wins at five out of six doubles matches to earn a comeback 6-3 victory over UMass Boston women's tennis Saturday afternoon in Little East Conference play. 

THE BASICS

Worcester State University 6, UMass Boston 3

(UMass Boston 1-3, Little East 0-2)

(Worcester State 5-1, Little East 2-1)

HOW IT HAPPENED 

After jumping out to a 2-1 lead during doubles play, UMass Boston couldn't hold on to the lead in one of their longest matches of the season.

Senior Kristy Garcia (Miami, Fla.) went 2-0 on the day to improve to 7-1 on the season. Unfortunately the Beacons couldn't keep it going in doubles play, as they fell in a pair of singles matches that lasted over three hours. 

The Lancers opened the match with an easy 8-1 victory at third doubles.

Martina Daelli (Florence, Italy) and Valeria Tueme (Bonney Lake, Wash.) evened the match for the Beacons, with an equally dominant 8-2 victory. 

The first singles match was much more competitive. Garcia and Katie Gauthier (West Boylston, Mass.) found themselves trailing 7-6, before saving three match points and earning a huge break to extend the match. The pair kept the momentum going to earn a 7-3 tiebreak win and a 9-8 (7-3) overall victory.

Less than 24 hours after downing UMass Dartmouth in a six-hour match, the Lancers had enough in their reserves to take control of the match during singles play.

Dominique Alves evened the match for Worcester State with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Gauthier at fourth singles.

Nathalie Khafaga gave the Lancers a brief lead, when she defeated Daelli 6-2, 6-3 at second singles. 

UMass Boston tied the match at 3-3 at first singles. Garcia had little trouble in dispatching Lauren Taylor 6-1, 6-1 to stay perfect in singles play. 

Rachel Green gave the Lancers the lead for good with a lengthy victory at fifth singles. Green and Meghan Erickson (Hubbardston, Mass.) battled for three hours, before Green prevailed with a 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 win.

The visitors clinched the win at sixth singles. Monika Mularski downed Maria Benatuil (Caracas, Venezuela) 6-2, 6-4 to push the lead to 5-3.

In the final match to finish of the afternoon, Alexis Silk and Kathleen Conroy (Quincy, Mass.) battled back-and-forth for an astounding three hours and 35 minutes. In the end, Silk held on for a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 three-set win.

BY THE NUMBERS 

  • Worcester State improved to 9-5 all-time against the Beacons and earned their second-straight win over UMass Boston.
  • Conroy moved into sixth-place in program history Saturday with her two matches. She has played in 95 matches overall and needs to play in five more to become the fifth-player in program history to play in 100 career matches.
  • Saturday's match marked the Beacons' first match since Saturday September 9.
  • Garcia is now 4-0 at first singles and 7-1 overall. She has posted a perfect 4-0 mark in two conference matches.

WHO'S NEXT

UMass Boston will look to earn their first LEC win of the year on Tuesday, when they travel to take on Salem State at 3:30 p.m.