SALEM, Mass.—Freshman Meaghan Moriarty (Norton, Mass.) earned her first collegiate singles victory, in UMass Boston women's tennis' 7-2 lost to host Salem State University Tuesday afternoon.
Salem State 7, UMass Boston 2
(UMass Boston 0-8, Little East 0-7)
(Salem State 6-4, Little East 5-2)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Moriarty put together a dominant showing in her first collegiate singles victory. The freshman downed Caroline Robitalle 6-2, 6-0 to grab her first singles win.
Senior Baila Mir (Somerset, Mass.) added a win at fifth singles, as she continues her strong debut season. She knocked off Kristin Klimowicz 6-3, 6-4 in the second-to-last match of the day to finish.
The Vikings swept doubles play to take a 3-0 overall lead.
Salem State opened the match with an 8-0 win at first doubles, before the Beacons played tight matches at second and third doubles.
Mir and Leah Bosco (Greenfield, Mass.) teamed up for just the second time this season and fell 8-4 at third doubles.
In the tightest match in doubles, Chloe Gates (Plymouth, Mass.) and Moriarty put together a tough fight, but ultimately fell 8-6 at second doubles.
Moriarty kept the Beacons in the match, when she opened singles play with a win at third singles.
Salem State answered back with wins at second, fourth and first singles to claim the match victory (6-1).
Mir cut the deficit to 6-2 at fifth singles.
In the final match of the day to finish, junior Fatema Abdoo (Springfield, Mass.) went the distance at sixth singles. Abdoo won the first set 6-1 over Hannah Dahrouge, but fell 6-4 in the second set. In the third-set super tiebreaker, the two players back and forth, before Dahroughe earned a 1-6, 6-4, 10-7 win.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Moriarty's win was not only her first career singles win, but the Beacons first win at third singles this season.
- Mir ranks second on the team with her three singles wins.
- Salem State snapped a three-match losing streak against the Beacons, to improve to 10-5 all-time against UMass Boston.
UMass Boston will return home for their final two matches of the fall campaign. The Beacons will host Castleton University on Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m.