Southern Maine Downs Women's Tennis 5-3 In Conference Match

BOSTON, Mass.—Despite singles victories from Anitra Kloczewiak (Newton, Mass.) and Nurcin Celebi (Istanbul, Turkey), UMass Boston dropped their fifth straight match at the hands of the University Southern Maine, falling by a 5-3 score Tuesday afternoon at the B.C. High Tennis Courts.

For the third straight conference match UMass Boston fell into an early hold and couldn't get themselves out, as they Beacons dropped to 2-6 and 0-3 in Little East play. The Huskies win pushed them to 6-2 on the year and 1-2 in Little East action.

Kloczewiak continued to dominate her Little East opposition, moving to 3-0 in singles play and picked up her second win in three tries in double- by teaming up with co-captain Samantha Counts (Bridgewater, Mass.).

Celebi earned the third and final point for UMB by snapping her six-match losing streak. The sophomore earned her first collegiate win on opening day and added to the total Wednesday, when she earned a  4-6, 6-1, 10-7 super tiebreaker win at number five singles.

Southern Maine led from start to finish in the match thanks to a big 8-0 victory at number three doubles, as Molly Gallagher and Katie Quinn stymied the Beacons pair of Kelsey Shea (West Bridgewater, Mass.) and Logan Smith (Southwick, Mass.).

Number two doubles was much tighter, with Mary Moran and Liz Martin narrowly defeating Nuha Muntasser (Braintree, Mass.) and Solveig Castelli (Precojo, France) 8-6.

UMass Boston got on the board at number one singles thanks to a big tiebreak win. The Beacons co-captains downed Courtney Aldrich and Jenna Willey 8-7, behind an 8-6 edge in the tiebreak.

The Beacons briefly tied the match at 2-2 when Kloczewiak earned a victory at second flight singles over Willey. Kloczewiak downed Willey 6-3, 6-2 to pick up her team-leading 10th win of the year.

Southern Maine responded quickly, as Aldrich knocked off Castelli 6-2, 6-2 at number four singles and Gallagher defeated Counts 6-2, 6-1 at number three singles.

The Huskies wrapped up the match with a win at top flight singles, as Moran outlasted Muntasser 6-4, 6-3 to give the Huskies a 5-2 lead.  

From there it was all Beacons, as Celebi mounted a huge comeback against Quinn to force the super tiebreaker and then earned the 10-7 win in the abbreviated third set.

The final match of the day was called off due to darkness, but Beacon freshman Kathleen Conroy (Quincy, Mass.) was leading one set to zero (7-5) at number six singles before play was called.

UMass Boston will send Muntasser and Kloczewiak to Williamstown, Mass. Friday for the ITA New England Regional Tournament, before the entire team returns to action Saturday afternoon at UMass Dartmouth.