BOSTON, Mass.—Four Beacons went 2-0 to lead UMass Boston women's tennis to a 7-2 Little East Conference victory over the University of Southern Maine.
UMass Boston 7, Southern Maine 2
(UMass Boston 3-4, Little East 2-3)
(Southern Maine 2-7, Little East 0-7)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Seniors Kristy Garcia (Miami, Fla.), Martina Daelli (Florence, Italy) and Meghan Erickson (Hubbardston, Mass.) and sophomore Katie Gauthier (West Boylston, Mass.) all went 2-0 in the conference victory.
With her doubles win, Garcia moved into second place in program history in career doubles victories with 29. She had been tied with former teammate Kelsey Shea ('17) who finished her career with 28 doubles wins.
The Beacons jumped out to a 2-1 lead after doubles and won the first five singles points to cruise to their third-straight win over the Huskies.
Garcia and Gauthier opened the match with an 8-2 win at first doubles over Courtney Jordan and Ashley Owens.
Southern Maine briefly evened the match at 1-1 with a win at third doubles. Gabby Brooks and Joanna Scheidegger combined for an 8-2 win over Kathleen Conroy (Quincy, Mass.) and Annie Fidelia (Stoneham, Mass.).
UMass Boston made it 2-1 less than a minute later. Playing together for the first time this year, Daelli and Erickson cruised to an 8-1 win at second doubles.
The Beacons pushed the lead to 3-1, when Gauthier rolled to a 6-1, 6-0 win over Margaret Smith at fourth singles.
Daelli tacked on a win of her own at second singles, as she defeated Demoranville 6-2, 6-0.
UMass Boston earned the match-clinching victory at first singles. Garcia kept her perfect record intact with a 6-0, 6-0 thrashing of Jordan.
Erickson kept the momentum going with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Scheidegger at fifth singles.
The Beacons earned their final win of the match at third singles. Conroy came back from a first-set tiebreaker loss, to win 6-7 (1-7), 6-2, 10-8 in a third-set super tiebreaker.
In the final match of the day, Brooks defeated Fidelia 7-5, 6-3 at sixth singles.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston improved to 6-14 overall against the Huskies. In the past three matches, the Beacons have defeated Southern Maine three times by a combined 24-3 score.
- Fidelia made her collegiate debut in both singles and doubles for UMass Boston on Tuesday.
- Conroy snapped a three-match singles losing streak with her three-set victory at third singles. Three of her four singles wins this season have come in three sets.
UMass Boston will host league-leading Rhode Island College on Saturday at 1 p.m. Before Saturday's contest, UMass Boston will honor their five seniors with a special Senior Day Ceremony.