BOSTON, Mass.—University of Southern Maine junior Gabby Brooks earned a three-set win at sixth singles, to lead the Huskies past host UMass Boston women's tennis 5-4 on Saturday afternoon at the B.C. High Tennis Courts.
University of Southern Maine 5, UMass Boston 4
(UMass Boston 0-1, Little East 0-1)
(University of Southern Maine 2-1, Little East 1-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Beacons opened their 2018 season on Saturday with their first match of the season, home match and conference match. Featuring a roster with just two returners and five new faces, the Beacons took the Huskies to the limit in an extremely tight three-hour and 30-minute match.
Junior Katie Gauthier (West Boylston, Mass.) led the Beacons with two wins on the day-at number one singles and doubles. Newcomers Chloe Gates (Plymouth, Mass.) and Baila Mir (Somerset, Mass.) each earned their first collegiate wins during singles play.
Southern Maine jumped out to a strong start in the match, earning wins at second and third doubles.
Joanna Scheidegger and Brooks defeated Gates and freshman Meaghan Moriarty (Norton, Mass.) 8-2 at third doubles. Elise Harvey and Margaret Smith tacked on an 8-3 victory over Mir and freshman Leah Bosco (Greenfield, Mass.) at second doubles.
Juniors Valeria Tueme (Bonney Lake, Wash.) and Gauthier earned the first point of the Beacons' season at first doubles, when they downed Courtney Jordan and Ashley Owens 8-4.
Southern Maine pushed their lead out to 3-1 early in singles play, after Tueme was forced to retire at second singles while leading 2-1.
The Huskies made it 4-1 at third singles, when Harvey knocked off Moriarty 6-2, 6-1.
The Beacons cut into the deficit, when Gates earned a 7-6 (7-2), 7-5 win over Smith at fourth singles.
UMass Boston made it 4-3 moments later, as Gauthier cruised past Jordan 6-1, 6-4 at first-flight singles.
The Beacons evened the match with a big win at fifth singles. Mir held off Scheidegger 6-4, 7-5 to tie the match at 4-4.
In the final match of the day, Bosco defeated Brooks 6-1 in the first set, but Brooks came back to earn the win with a 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 overall win at sixth singles.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Four of the Beacons six players made their collegiate singles and doubles debuts.
- With the two victories, Gauthier improves to 28-27 all-time in her career.
- Beacons' alum Kelsey Shea ('17) made her head coaching debut in the tight loss.
- With the loss, the Beacons fall to 6-15 all-time against the Huskies. UMass Boston had won the previous three-meetings between the two programs.
Women's Tennis will host Bridgewater State University on Tuesday at 3 p.m. in another Little East Conference match.