October 10, 2013

Women's Tennis Dominates Western Connecticut 9-0

BOSTON, Mass.—UMass Boston women's tennis rolled to a 9-0 victory over Western Connecticut State University Wednesday afternoon to earn their first two-game Little East Conference winning streak since 2011.

The Beacons handled the Colonials from start to finish, to move to 5-8 and 2-5 in Little East play. Western Connecticut State dropped their seventh straight match to fall to 1-9 and 0-6.

With the win, UMass Boston stands just one game back of Salem State University for the sixth and final playoff spot in the Little East. UMass Boston closes out their Little East Conference season next Saturday, when they travel to Plymouth State University at 2 p.m. 

Kelsey Shea (West Bridgewater, Mass.) and Vicky Woytowicz (Springfield, Mass.) started the rout of the Colonials, with an 8-0 victory at number three doubles.

Nuha Muntasser (Braintree, Mass.) and Logan Smith (Southwick, Mass.) earned their second consecutive win as a pair, as they cruised to an 8-1 win at second-flight doubles.

Co-captains Anitra Kloczewiak (Newton, Mass.) and Samantha Counts (Bridgewater, Mass.) picked up their team-leading seventh doubles win of the year, when they earned an 8-1 win at number one doubles. 

The Beacons wasted little time clinching the victory in singles play, as four of the Beacons singles players dropped one game or less during the course of their matches.

Kloczewiak knocked off Alyssa Panasci 6-1, 6-0 at number two singles to push the lead to 4-0 and continue her perfect 7-0 start to the Little East season. With the two wins on the day, Kloczewiak moved into a tie for third place in program history for the most single season wins with 19 and inched within one win of her prior personal record (20).

Muntasser picked up the deciding point of the match at number one singles, as she swept Melissa Osorio 6-1, 6-0 to earn her 16th victory of the season.

Shea evened her record at 3-3 in singles play with a dominating 6-0, 6-1 win over Karen Velez at fifth-flight singles.

UMass Boston made it 7-0 at number three singles, as Counts moved into double-digits with her 10th win of the year, thanks to a 6-3, 6-2 win over Olivia Mauro.

The Beacons moved the lead to 8-0 when Woytowicz earned her first career singles victory in her singles debut, with a perfect 6-0, 6-0 win over Nicole Root. 

In the final and closest match of the day, Conroy defeated Nicole Salamacha 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) at fourth-flight singles to wrap up the match.

UMass Boston will honor Counts and Kloczewiak on Tuesday when the Beacons host their Senior Day Game against Curry College at 3 p.m.