BOSTON, Mass.—Despite a 2-0 day from senior Anitra Kloczewiak (Newton, Mass.), UMass Boston (1-4, 0-1 Little East) couldn't overcome a veteran Worcester State University (2-2, 1-0 Little East) team in a marathon four hour and 43 minute match Saturday afternoon.
The two teams went back and forth in each team's Little East Conference opener at the B.C. High School Tennis Courts, with the number one doubles match lasting nearly two hours, after the Lancers spoiled match point and eventually won the tiebreaker.
Kloczewiak teamed up with sophomore Solveig Castelli (Precojo, France) to earn the Beacons lone win in doubles, while Kloczewiak and freshman Nuha Muntasser (Braintree, Mass.) collected UMass Boston's only wins in singles action.
Worcester State opened the match with an 8-4 victory at number three doubles, as co-captains Brooke Michanczyk and Laura Sarkis overpowered UMass Boston freshman Logan Smith (Southwick, Mass.) and Kelsey Shea (West Bridgewater, Mass.).
The Beacons evened the score at 1-1, when Kloczewiak and Castelli earned an 8-4 victory over the Lancers' pair of Danielle Candelieri and Taylor Tomasetti at number two doubles.
Number one doubles proved to be the most exciting match of the day, as Samantha Counts (Bridgewater, Mass.) and Muntasser went back-and-forth with Shelby Jankins and Megan Shepard. After falling behind 5-4, the Beacons pair went up 8-7 and forced match point, but failed to break the Lancers. From there, Worcester State earned a 7-4 tiebreak win, to move ahead 2-1 in the match.
Singles action was just as even, as the Beacons battled back to tie the match at 2-2 and 3-3, before dropping the final three points of the day.
Kloczewiak was the first to finish her match, as she grabbed a 6-4, 6-3 win over Jankins at number two singles. The Lancers answered right back, as Shepard downed Counts 6-3, 6-1.
Muntasser briefly evened the match up once again, when she earned a hard-fought 6-2, 6-4 win over Candelieri at top flight singles.
Michanczyk put Worcester State ahead for good, when she downed Nurcin Celebi (Istanbul, Turkey) 6-1, 6-2 at number four singles.
Worcester State officially clinched the match, when Sarkis earned a 6-2, 6-3 victory at number six singles over Kathleen Conroy (Quincy, Mass.).
The final match of the day proved to be the most highly contested of the singles matches, as Tomasetti and Castelli nearly went the distance at number five singles. Tomasetti took the match 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, after trailing 5-4 in the first set.
UMass Boston will be back in action Thursday afternoon when they travel to take on Eastern Nazarene College at 3:30 p.m.