#6 Women's Tennis Falls Short In Little East Quarterfinals Against #3 Corsairs

#6 Women's Tennis Falls Short In Little East Quarterfinals Against #3 Corsairs

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass.--Third-seeded UMass Dartmouth used a sweep of doubles play to end UMass Boston's women's tennis' playoff run with a 5-2 victory in the Little East Quarterfinals Tuesday afternoon at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Tennis Courts.

After winning three straight conference matches to get in the Little East Tournament, the sixth-seeded Beacons ended their fall season with a 6-10 overall mark. The Corsairs move to 10-3 on the season and will travel to second-seeded Rhode Island College Thursday at 2:30 p.m.

The Beacons managed to take the Corsairs to the brink during the regular season with an early 3-1 lead, before falling 5-4, but the Corsairs made sure there would be no upset Tuesday behind their strong doubles play.

Senior Anitra Kloczewiak (Newton, Mass.) and freshman Nuha Muntasser (Braintree, Mass.) picked up the Beacons lone wins at number two singles and number one singles respectively.

Kloczewiak finishes off the fall campaign with a program-record 23 wins in a single-season and stands just one win shy of the program-mark for singles (14) and doubles victories (nine) in a single-season. Muntasser wraps up the fall with 19 total victories-tied for fourth-most in a single-season in UMB history.

Liz Cignoli and Rosalie Kimba defeated Kelsey Shea (West Bridgewater, Mass.) and Logan Smith (Southwick, Mass.) 8-3 at number three doubles to open the match.

The Corsairs picked up another win at number one doubles, as Samantha Counts (Bridgewater, Mass.) and Kloczewiak fell 8-4 to Nicole Pelletier and Hannah Schulze.

UMass Dartmouth extended their lead to 3-0 at number two doubles, as Angela Pollard and Allison Furtado outlasted Solveig Castelli (Precojo, France) and Muntasser 8-6.

The Beacons got on the board at number two singles, as Kloczewiak earned a key victory over Schulze 6-0, 6-0.

Muntasser cut the deficit to 3-2 with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Pelletier at number one singles, but that would be as close as the Beacons would get.

From there, Pollard finished off Counts 6-1, 6-1 at number three singles to push the lead to 4-2 and Kate Capone clinched the match for the Corsairs with a 6-0, 6-4 win at number six singles over Shea.

In the two matches that did not finish, Furtado led Castelli 6-3. 5-2 at number four singles, and Casey Auman held a 6-3, 5-2 advantage over Beacons freshman Kathleen Conroy (Quincy, Mass.).

The match marked the Beacons third all-time trip to the postseason as a team, after the Little East Conference switched their postseason tournament format in 2007.

UMass Boston will complete their season in the spring when the women's tennis team takes part in matches over Spring Break and competes in the Beacons Invitational on Sunday April 13.