PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Junior captain Katie Gauthier (West Boylston, Mass.) earned a comeback three-set victory at first singles, to help UMass Boston avoid being blanked by host Rhode Island College Wednesday afternoon.
Rhode Island College 8, UMass Boston 1
(UMass Boston 0-6, Little East 0-5)
(Rhode Island College 9-0, Little East 5-0)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The defending Little East Conference Champions earned their ninth-straight win to start the season with a dominant performance against the Beacons.
Gauthier earned her team-leading fourth singles victory of the season at first singles. After dropping the first set 6-3 to Grace Zangari, Gauthier battled back to take the second set 7-5. In the third-set super tiebreaker, she cruised to a 10-3 victory to earn a 3-6, 7-5, 10-3 overall win.
Gauthier's win made up for a difficult match for the rest of the Beacons.
The Anchorwomen swept doubles, including dropping just one game across second and third doubles. Gauthier and Valeria Tueme (Bonney Lake, Wash.) made it more competitive, as they fell 8-3 at first-flight doubles.
Singles play would be more of the same.
The Anchorwomen took all but two games between fourth and sixth singles and the Beacons won just two games apiece at second and third singles.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Gauthier improved to 4-2 this season at singles and 3-0 in three-set singles matches. She is tied for fourth in the conference with her three LEC wins at first singles.
- UMass Boston is 6-2 this season in singles matches that go to a third-set super tiebreaker.
- Rhode Island College is not only undefeated this season, but the Anchorwomen have lost just nine of a possible 81 points.
- The Beacons are now 3-20 all-time against Rhode Island College. UMass Boston hasn't defeated the Anchorwomen since 2011.
UMass Boston will travel to conference rival UMass Dartmouth on Saturday at 1 p.m.