BOSTON, Mass.—UMass Boston dropped their final non-conference match of the season Thursday evening, as they Suffolk University Rams grabbed an 8-1 win at the Buckingham, Browne & Nichols School Tennis Courts.
With the loss, UMass Boston fell to 3-8, while Suffolk improved to 6-7 and increased their winning streak to three.
Senior captain Hieu Nguyen (Dorchester, Mass.) earned the Beacons lone win of the day at number one singles with a 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Erica LeBlanc. With the win, Nguyen tied co-captain Samantha Counts (Bridgewater, Mass.) and freshman Stephony Reeves (Dorchester, Mass.) for the team-high with four singles wins.
The win also moved Nguyen into sole possession of fifth place all-time in Beacons history with 19 career wins in singles matches.
Suffolk who had won their past matches by 9-0 scores, continued to dominate behind strong doubles play. Melissa Chermely and Stacey Politis took down the Beacons number three doubles pair of Solveig Castelli (Precojo, France) and Reeves 8-3, while Imani Williams (Roxbury, Mass.) Shihyu Yang (Taipei, Taiwan) fell 8-3 at number two doubles. To finish off the doubles action, Kelly Conrad and Erica LeBlanc downed Counts and Nguyen by an 8-2 score at number one doubles.
Singles play would be more of the same, as every Beacons player won at least three games, and the top three Beacons players took their Rams counterparts to the brink. Counts fell 7-5, 6-1 at number two doubles, while Williams dropped a 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) contest at number three singles.
UMass Boston will get right back on the courts Saturday when they host Plymouth State at 1 p.m. The contest will be both the Beacons Senior Day game and their "Hit It To Win It" fundraiser, in which they raise money for the Jimmy Fund.