SALEM, Mass.—Behind 2-0 afternoons from seniors Kristy Garcia (Miami, Fla.) and Martina Daelli (Florence, Italy), UMass Boston women's tennis earned their first Little East Conference win of the season on Tuesday.
UMass Boston 6, Salem State 3
(UMass Boston 2-3, Little East 1-2)
(Salem State 1-6, Little East 0-4)
HOW IT HAPPENED
UMass Boston jumped out to a 2-1 lead after doubles and then earned wins at the top two and bottom two spots in the singles lineup to earn their first win since Opening Day.
Daelli and Valeria Tueme (Bonney Lake, Wash.) got the Beacons off to a good start, when the pair earned an 8-1 win at second doubles.
The first doubles match was by far the most competitive. The Vikings pair raced out to a 7-5 lead, only to have Garcia and Katie Gauthier (West Boylston, Mass.) win the last four games for a 9-7 victory.
UMass Boston pushed their lead out to 6-1 to start singles play, as they won each of the first four decisions.
Daelli was the first to finish, as she dispatched Ann Spence 6-1, 6-0 at second singles.
Erickson made it 4-1 moments later, when she earned a 6-0, 6-1 victory at fifth singles.
The Beacons clinched the victory at sixth singles. Maria Benatuil (Caracas, Venezuela) defeated Jackie Garvey 6-2, 6-4 for a 5-1 overall lead.
Garcia would win the final match of the day for the Beacons. A year after falling in three sets to Madeline Allaire, Garcia earned a 6-4, 6-3 win at first singles.
The Vikings cut into the Beacons lead thanks to a pair of extremely tight victories.
Morrison earned a 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 10-5 third-set super tiebreaker victory over Gauthier at fourth singles.
At third singles, Meredith Macdonald and Conroy battled through two sets and a super tiebreaker of their own. Macdonald eventually prevailed 7-6 (7-3), 2-6, 11-9 after the sun had already set.
BY THE NUMBERS
- The Beacons improved to 5-9 all-time against the Vikings and earned their third-straight win over Salem State.
- Benatuil's victory was her first win of the season. The senior came into today's match 0-1 in singles, after going 5-7 in singles during the 2016-17 campaign.
- Garcia stayed perfect in Little East play with her two wins. She is 5-0 on the year in singles and has won seven-consecutive matches overall.
UMass Boston will close out the month of September with a road conference match at Plymouth State University on Saturday at 1 p.m.