BRIDGEWATER, Mass.—UMass Boston women's tennis kept their incredible run going on Tuesday afternoon, as the Beacons defeated Bridgewater State University for the first time in program history.
UMass Boston 5, Bridgewater State University 4
(UMass Boston 9-1, Little East 4-1)
(Bridgewater State 4-7, Little East 3-3)
HOW IT HAPPENED
For the second-consecutive match, UMass Boston saw a 2-1 lead turn into a 4-3 deficit, only to have freshman Shelby Parent (Cambridge, Minn.) and Evangelia Vassiliadis (Weymouth, Mass.) earn singles victories to cap a comeback, conference 5-4 win.
Vassiliadis and fellow freshman Amy Drame (Milwaukee, Wisc.) each earned two wins on the day, to help the Beacons notch their program-record, seventh-straight win.
The Beacons got off to a strong start to the match, when Katie Gauthier (West Boylston, Mass.) and Drame earned a dominant 8-1 win at first doubles.
The two teams split the other two doubles points, in a pair of matches that went the distance.
At third doubles, Chloe Gates (Plymouth, Mass.) and Vassiliadis earned an 8-7 (7-3) win. Bridgewater State answered back at second doubles, as Angelique Gray and Rachel Tarantino outlasted Valeria Tueme (Bonney Lake, Wash.) and Parent 8-7 (7-1).
Bridgewater State evened the match to start singles, as Vanessa Rosa defeated Meaghan Moriarty (Norton, Mass.) 6-0, 6-0 at fourth singles.
The Bears took their first of two leads on the day at fifth singles (3-2), when Gray beat Tueme 6-4, 6-1.
Drame answered back with a 6-4, 6-2 win at first singles to tie the match at 3-3.
The hosts took their final lead of the day with a win at second singles. After Gauthier took the first set 6-4, Olivia Sweeney stormed back to earn a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 win.
Parent kept her undefeated singles season alive and the Beacons chances going, when she collected a 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 win at sixth singles.
In the final match of the day, Vassiliadis earned a hard-fought 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) win at third singles to clinch the match.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston came into Tuesday's match 0-14 all-time against the Bears. With the win, the Beacons now have at least one win against the other nine Little East Conference programs.
- Vassiliadis is a perfect 14-0 during the Beacons' program-record, seven-match winning streak.
- The Beacons tied their program-record for LEC wins in a single-season on Tuesday (four). UMass Boston went 4-4 during the 2015 and 2016 campaigns.
- Parent and Vassiliadis are one win away from becoming the 12th and 13th players in program history to win double-digit singles matches in the same season.
UMass Boston will host conference rival UMass Dartmouth on Saturday at 1 p.m. for their Senior Day match. The Beacons will honor Gauthier and Tueme after the match ends.