SALEM, Mass. – The women's tennis program finished the 2019 season off as they started it with a win, as they completed the most successful regular season in program history following a 6-3 Little East Conference win over Salem State University Saturday afternoon at the Bass River Tennis Club.
UMass Boston 6, Salem State University 3
UMass Boston (13-1, 8-1 Little East Conference)
Salem State University (4-6, 3-6 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
With the win, the Beacons will now look towards the Little East Conference Tournament, which begins on Tuesday. UMass Boston, who will be the two-seed in this year's tournament, will compete on Thursday in their first-ever home tournament match in program history.
Riding a 11-match win-streak, the Beacons jumped out to an early 2-1 lead through doubles play. Shelby Parent (Cambridge, Minn.) and Evangelia Vassiliadis (Weymouth, Mass.) picked-up a solid 8-2 win at second doubles, while at third doubles the team of Chloe Gates (Plymouth, Mass.) and Meaghan Moriarty (Norton, Mass.) registered a 8-3 win.
In singles play, Gates had the most convincing win for the Beacons as she posted a 6-1, 6-2 win at sixth singles. Vassiliadis picked-up a 6-1, 7-5 victory at second singles. Parent collected a 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 win at fourth singles. Moriarty pulled out a huge come-from-behind win to close out Saturday's victory for the Beacons. She finished off her opponent with a 6-4, 7-5 decision at third singles to complete the unbelievable regular season.
BY THE NUMBERS
- The Beacons 13 wins in the regular season stand as the most in program history
- With her win on Saturday, Parent concludes the regular season with an undefeated record of 13-0
- Vassiliadis and Parent moved into a tie for third place for most singles wins in a season with 13
- First year head coach Charles Lai '15 now holds the program record for the most wins in a single season, and the single season winning percentage
The Beacons will host the winner of the #3 vs. #6 quarterfinal match next Thursday in the semi-final round of the Little East Conference Tournament. Start time and location will be determined based on the forecast and playing conditions.