September 21, 2013

Rhode Island College Uses Edge In Doubles To Topple Women's Tennis 6-3

BOSTON, Mass.—Rhode Island College (8-0, 2-0 Little East) jumped out to a 3-0 lead after doubles play and despite a valiant effort in singles, UMass Boston women's tennis (2-5, 0-2 Little East) couldn't manage a comeback, as the Beacons fell 6-3 Saturday afternoon at the B.C. High Tennis Courts.

Senior Anitra Kloczewiak (Newton, Mass.) and freshmen Nuha Muntasser (Braintree, Mass.) and Kathleen Conroy (Quincy, Mass.) all earned singles victories, but the Beacons couldn't offset two close doubles losses.

The undefeated Anchorwomen opened the match with a dominant 8-1 doubles victory at number three doubles, as Chelsea Brown and Tressa Cannata downed Conroy and Kelsey Shea (West Bridgewater, Mass.).

 The next two doubles matches would be much closer, as Rhode Island College overcame five total match points to earn wins at number one and two doubles.

Rhode Island College's pair of Julie Reddy and Noelle Tiberi defeated Muntasser and Solveig Castelli (Precojo, France) 9-7 at number two doubles. And in the most competitive doubles match, the Anchorwomen's top pair of Sadie Campanelle and Jorgie Martin needed a tiebreaker to defeat Kloczewiak and co-captain Samantha Counts (Bridgewater, Mass.) 9-8 (10-8). 

Rhode Island College pushed their lead to 4-0, when Cannata defeated Counts 6-1, 6-0.

Tiberi clinched the victory for the road team with a victory at number five singles, when she downed Nurcin Celebi (Istanbul, Turkey) 6-3, 6-1.

The Anchorwomen earned their sixth and final point of the day at number four singles, as Reddy just barely managed to hang on against Castelli 6-2, 7-6 (7-5).

From there it was all Beacons, as UMass Boston earned wins in the final three matches of the day.

Muntasser picked up her third straight singles win at number one singles 6-4, 6-3, while Kloczewiak earned her fourth straight win at number two singles with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 win.

Conroy capped off the day with a 6-3, 6-4 win at number six singles to move to 2-2 on the year. 

UMass Boston will return to action Tuesday afternoon when they host the University of Southern Maine at 3 p.m.