BOSTON, Mass.—After three tightly contested doubles matches, UMass Boston swept through singles play in dominating fashion to defeat Suffolk University 8-1 on Tuesday afternoon at the B.C. High Tennis Courts.
UMass Boston 8, Suffolk University 1
(UMass Boston 4-1)
(Suffolk University 1-6)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Beacons won all six singles matches and did not allow any of the six Rams to win more than three games during singles play.
Drame and Gauthier got the Beacons off to a 1-0 lead at number one doubles. After trailing early and leading just 4-3 overall, the pair won four of the next five doubles games to take an 8-4 win.
Chloe Gates (Plymouth, Mass.) and Vassiliadis followed a similar path at third doubles. They were a tightly contested match until they won each of the final two games to grab an 8-5 victory.
In the most competitive match of the day, Valeria Tueme (Bonney Lake, Wash.) and Shelby Parent (Cambridge, Minn.) went the distance and a little bit more against Suffolk's Bianca Prescott and Jordan Miller. Tueme and Parent fell behind 5-1 early, only to race back and force a tiebreaker when they broke the Rams on their service to tie the match at 7-7. The Beacons duo fell behind 5-2 early on in the tiebreak, before winning each of the next four points to earn match point. Unfortunately from there they couldn't convert, as the Rams claimed a 13-11 win in the tiebreak for an 8-7 (13-11) overall win.
UMass Boston put the match away with their strong singles play.
Meaghan Moriarty (Norton, Mass.) cruised to a 6-0, 6-2 win at fourth singles to give the Beacons a 3-1 advantage.
Drame made it 4-1 moments later, as she won the final seven games of her match in a 6-2, 6-0 win at number one singles.
Gauthier clinched the match win with a 6-0, 6-0 blanking of Kendall Smith at second singles.
Tueme kept the momentum going at fifth singles, as she picked up a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Alyssa Blade.
The Beacons made it 7-1 at third singles. Vassiliadis defeated Miller 6-1, 6-2 as the sun was going down.
With light running out, Parent and Prescott played an eight-game, pro-set at sixth singles, rather than the standard best-of-three match. Parent left no doubt of the outcome, as she swept Prescott 8-0 to cap off the match.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Tuesday's contest marked the first meeting between UMass Boston and Suffolk University since October 11, 2012. The win snapped an eight-game winning streak for the Rams against the Beacons and helped UMass Boston improved to 4-11 all-time against Suffolk.
- With the win, UMass Boston is 2-0 at home for the first time since the 2015-16 season. The Beacons have now won five-straight home matches dating back to last season.
- Gates and Parent are a combined 5-0 this season for UMass Boston at sixth singles.
- Drame earned her first career singles and doubles win in the victory.
- The Beacons matched the 2010 team for the best five-match start to a season (4-1) in program history.
UMass Boston will start a two-match road trip on Thursday, when they travel to take on Smith College at 4 p.m.