BOSTON, Mass.—Worcester State University earned wins at five out of six doubles matches to earn a comeback 6-3 victory over UMass Boston women's tennis Saturday afternoon in Little East Conference play.
Worcester State University 6, UMass Boston 3
(UMass Boston 1-3, Little East 0-2)
(Worcester State 5-1, Little East 2-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After jumping out to a 2-1 lead during doubles play, UMass Boston couldn't hold on to the lead in one of their longest matches of the season.
Senior Kristy Garcia (Miami, Fla.) went 2-0 on the day to improve to 7-1 on the season. Unfortunately the Beacons couldn't keep it going in doubles play, as they fell in a pair of singles matches that lasted over three hours.
The Lancers opened the match with an easy 8-1 victory at third doubles.
The first singles match was much more competitive. Garcia and Katie Gauthier (West Boylston, Mass.) found themselves trailing 7-6, before saving three match points and earning a huge break to extend the match. The pair kept the momentum going to earn a 7-3 tiebreak win and a 9-8 (7-3) overall victory.
Less than 24 hours after downing UMass Dartmouth in a six-hour match, the Lancers had enough in their reserves to take control of the match during singles play.
Dominique Alves evened the match for Worcester State with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Gauthier at fourth singles.
Nathalie Khafaga gave the Lancers a brief lead, when she defeated Daelli 6-2, 6-3 at second singles.
UMass Boston tied the match at 3-3 at first singles. Garcia had little trouble in dispatching Lauren Taylor 6-1, 6-1 to stay perfect in singles play.
Rachel Green gave the Lancers the lead for good with a lengthy victory at fifth singles. Green and Meghan Erickson (Hubbardston, Mass.) battled for three hours, before Green prevailed with a 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 win.
The visitors clinched the win at sixth singles. Monika Mularski downed Maria Benatuil (Caracas, Venezuela) 6-2, 6-4 to push the lead to 5-3.
In the final match to finish of the afternoon, Alexis Silk and Kathleen Conroy (Quincy, Mass.) battled back-and-forth for an astounding three hours and 35 minutes. In the end, Silk held on for a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 three-set win.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Worcester State improved to 9-5 all-time against the Beacons and earned their second-straight win over UMass Boston.
- Conroy moved into sixth-place in program history Saturday with her two matches. She has played in 95 matches overall and needs to play in five more to become the fifth-player in program history to play in 100 career matches.
- Saturday's match marked the Beacons' first match since Saturday September 9.
- Garcia is now 4-0 at first singles and 7-1 overall. She has posted a perfect 4-0 mark in two conference matches.
UMass Boston will look to earn their first LEC win of the year on Tuesday, when they travel to take on Salem State at 3:30 p.m.