Worcester State Knocks off Women's Tennis 7-2

WORCESTER, Mass.-- UMass Boston dropped their regular season finale 7-2 to Worcester State University Sunday afternoon at the Paxton Sports Center to finish off their fall campaign 3-10, 1-7 in Little East Conference action.

The Beacons got wins at number one and number two singles from captains Hieu Nguyen (Dorchester, Mass.) and Samantha Counts (Bridgewater, Mass.), but that was all they could muster against the red-hot Lancers (6-7, 3-5 LEC).

With the win, Worcester State clinched the sixth and final seed in the Little East Conference Tournament and will play at defending LEC Champion Salem State Tuesday afternoon.

UMass Boston fell behind 3-0 after doubles play, as the Lancers held off the Beacons, despite UMass Boston winning at least four games in all three doubles contests.

At number one singles, Nguyen and Counts dropped an 8-6 contest to Danielle Candelieri and Taylor Tomasetti. In number two doubles, Imani Williams (Roxbury, Mass.) and Cindy Lee (Pomona, Calif.) teamed up for the first time all year and fell 8-6. Solveig Castelli (Precojo, France) and Stephony Reeves (Dorchester, Mass.) finished off doubles play with an 8-4 loss at number three singles. 

In singles action, Nguyen earned her 20th career singles victory with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Candelieri. The four-year player finished off her career with 36 overall victories to finish fifth all-time in UMass Boston history.

Counts grabbed the other Beacons victory in a marathon-match at number two singles. The junior captain earned the win by defeating Megan Shepard 7-5, 4-6, 6-1. At number three singles, Williams would give Brooke Michanczyk all she could handle before falling 6-2, 7-6 (7-4).

The match marked the end of Nguyen and Wendy Steinman's (Dudley, Mass.) four-year run with the Beacons in Little East Conference play. 

UMass Boston women's tennis will finish off their season with a trip to Florida over Spring Break, with the potential to play in several tournaments.