BRIDGEWATER, Mass.—In the closest-ever match between UMass Boston women's tennis and Bridgewater State University, the Bears needed a third-set win at second singles, to defeat the Beacons in both team's Little East Conference openers.
Bridgewater State 5, UMass Boston 4
(UMass Boston 1-2, Little East 0-1)
(Bridgewater State 1-1, Little East 0-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
UMass Boston took the defending LEC Tournament Champions to the brink, in a match that was tight from start to finish.
After going down 2-1 after doubles play, UMass Boston put the pressure on the Bears by tying the match at 2-2 and cutting the deficit to 4-3 with two matches still going on.
Senior Kristy Garcia (Miami, Fla.) kept up her strong start to the season by going 2-0 on the afternoon. She earned wins at first singles and first doubles to improve to 5-1 on the year.
Bridgewater State raced out to a 2-0 lead thanks to an 8-4 win at third doubles and 8-3 victory at second doubles. The Beacons cut into the deficit with a win at first doubles. Katie Gauthier (West Boylston, Mass.) and Garcia knocked off Alisha Silva and Bojana Roman 8-4 to push the score to 2-1.
UMass Boston evened the match thanks at 2-2 thanks to Erickson. The senior easily dispatched Angelique Gray 6-1, 6-1 at fifth singles.
Bridgewater State grabbed the lead back with a win at sixth singles, with Olivia Sweeney defeating Valeria Tueme (Bonney Lake, Wash.) 6-2, 6-0.
Amanda Strickland made it 4-2 in favor of the hosts, when she defeated Gauthier 6-4, 6-1 at fourth singles.
Garcia kept the Beacons hopes alive when she earned a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Silva at first singles.
In the deciding match of the day, Roman and Martina Daelli (Florence, Italy) went back-and-forth in a three-set match at second singles. Daelli won the first set 6-4, but Roman roared back for the victory (4-6, 6-1, 6-0).
Conroy closed out the match with a three-set win of her own. She traded the first two sets with Alison Scagnelli, before earning a 12-10 third-set supertiebreaker win at third singles (6-4, 4-6, 12-10).
BY THE NUMBERS
- Bridgewater State improved to 12-0 all-time against UMass Boston. The Beacons had never won more than two points against the Bears prior to Saturday's match.
- Garcia earned her 25th career doubles victory in her 50th career doubles match. The senior ranks tied for third in program history for doubles victories and fourth in doubles matches played.
- Conroy became only the sixth player in program history to reach the 50 career singles matches mark this afternoon.
UMass Boston will look to get back into the win column on Tuesday, when they host Lesley University at 3:00 p.m. The Lesley match will be the first match in their season-high four-match homestand.