March 18, 2014

Smith College Rallies For 5-4 Win Over Women's Tennis

TAMPA, Fla.—The UMass Boston women's tennis team (6-13) wrapped up their Florida trip with a tough 5-4 loss at the hands of Smith College (2-10) Tuesday afternoon at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida.

Tuesday's match marked the final collegiate dual matches for seniors Anitra Kloczewiak (Newton, Mass.) and Samantha Counts (Bridgewater, Mass.). The pair finished their career first and second in career singles, doubles and overall matches played. Kloczewiak ends her career first overall in the program record books for singles (37), doubles (38) and total victories (75), while Counts wraps up her career tied for ninth in singles (15), third in doubles (23) and fifth in overall (38) victories.

Kloczewiak and Kelsey Shea (West Bridgewater, Mass.) led the way for the Beacons for the second-straight day, as both players finished a perfect 2-0.

The Pioneers had just enough to defeat the Beacons, as Smith College overcame the Beacons' 2-1 lead after doubles play, with victories in four out of the six singles matches.

Kloczewiak and Counts cruised to an 8-2 victory at top-flight doubles, with Shea and Logan Smith (Southwick, Mass.) following shortly after with an 8-4 win at number three doubles.

Smith picked up their lone point of doubles action at number two doubles, as Ruth Yi and Hana Foe defeated the Beacons pair of Solveig Castelli (Precojo, France) and Vicky Woytowicz (Springfield, Mass.) by a score of 8-2 at second doubles.

The Pioneers evened the match at 2-2 with a win at third-flight doubles, as Margaret Anne Smith knocked off Vanessa Pojidaev (West Bloomfield, Mich.) 6-2, 6-0.

Kloczewiak gave the Beacons the lead back (3-2) with a 6-0, 6-4 victory at number one singles. With the win, Kloczewiak wrapped up her career on a four-match winning streak and increased her program-record single-season total to 27 wins.

Shea put the Beacons within a point of taking the match at number six singles, as the freshman took home a 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) decision.

Smith College would take the final three points though to earn a match victory.

Seema Samawi downed Counts 6-4, 6-4 at number two singles and Yi knocked off Castelli 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 at fourth-flight singles to even the match at 4-4.

Jinan Martinuk defeated Nurcin Celebi (Istanbul, Turkey) 6-3, 6-4 at fifth-flight singles to give the Pioneers the deciding fifth point. 

UMass Boston is slated to play one more event day this season, as the women's tennis team is set to host the Beacons Invitational on Sunday April 13.