Garcia Defends Singles Title, as Part of 3rd Annual Beacons Invitational

Garcia Defends Singles Title, as Part of 3rd Annual Beacons Invitational

BOSTON, Mass.—Junior Kristy Garcia (Miami, Fla.) won her second-consecutive Beacons Invitational Singles Title, to highlight UMass Boston women's tennis' performance at the Third Annual Beacons Invitational on Monday afternoon.

THE BASICS

Regis College 8 Points

Wentworth Institute 5 Points

UMass Boston 3.5 Points

HOW IT HAPPENED

Garcia went a perfect 3-0 and dropped just six games across her three wins, to defend her singles crown.

She opened the day by defeating Wentworth's Olivia DeLuca 6-1, 6-1 to reach the semifinals. In the semifinals, the junior routed Regis College's Kailey Myers 6-0, 6-0 to make it back to the Singles Championship Match for the second-straight year.

Garcia defeated another Regis player, Erica Murphy, 6-4, 6-0 to become the first two-time champion in Beacons Invitational history.

Juniors Meghan Erickson (Hubbardston, Mass.) and Maria Benatuil (Caracas, Venezuela) also played in the singles draw.

Both players struggled in the first round, before facing off against each other in the consolation semifinals. Erickson defeated Benatuil 6-4, 6-0 to advance to the consolation finals.

DeLuca, Garcia's first-round opponent, earned the consolation bracket title by knocking off Erickson 6-1, 6-3.

In the doubles bracket, UMass Boston entered two pairs in the competition.

Junior Kathleen Conroy (Quincy, Mass.) and Valeria Tueme (Easton, Mass.) played a pair of matches in the "Blue Pool." The pair fell 8-4 in their first match against Regis' Katasha Jarvis and Ariana McCormack, before dropping a 9-7 contest against Wentworth's Ellen Butts and Kelsey DeGouveia.

In the white pool, seniors Kelsey Shea (West Bridgewater, Mass.) and Vicky Woytowicz (Springfield, Mass.) closed out their career with a pair of matches.

The duo dropped an 8-6 match against Jesse Lord and Carly Scanlon of Regis, before falling just short in an 8-6 loss to Wentworth's Emily Jodoin and Veronica Monteiro.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • Regis won the overall team title and Jarvis and McCormack earned the doubles crown.
  • Each team earned one point for a victory in the main draw, and .5 points for wins in the consolation bracket.
  • With her three wins, Garcia finishes her season tied for third in program history with her 12 singles wins and 20 overall victories in a single-season. She ended the season on a six-match winning streak in singles play.
  • Garcia also ended the season tied for first in program history for total matches played in a season (40).

WHO'S NEXT

UMass Boston's season concluded this afternoon. The Beacons will return six players to next year's roster.