BOSTON, Mass.—League-leading Rhode Island College earned a sweep of doubles play to roll to a 8-1 victory over UMass Boston women's tennis on Senior Day at the B.C. High Tennis Courts.
Rhode Island College 8, UMass Boston 1
(UMass Boston 3-5, Little East 2-4)
(Rhode Island College 12-0, Little East 6-0)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Sophomore Katie Gauthier (West Boylston, Mass.) denied the Anchorwomen their seventh shutout win of the season with a win at third singles.
Forced into playing a spot up due to an injury, Gauthier handed Katherine Braganca (11-1) her first loss of the season with a 6-2, 7-5 win at third singles.
Prior to the match, UMass Boston honored their five seniors: Kristy Garcia (Miami, Fla.), Martina Daelli (Florence, Italy), Kathleen Conroy (Quincy, Mass.), Meghan Erickson (Hubbardston, Mass.) and Maria Benatuil (Caracas, Venezuela).
The five seniors have helped the Beacons earn 20 wins over their four seasons and are on the verge of earning a third-straight LEC tournament berth.
Rhode Island College opened the match with an 8-3 win at third doubles, as Grace Zangari and Victoria Vittori defeated Erickson and freshman Annie Fidelia (Stoneham, Mass.) 8-2.
The Anchormen made it 2-0 at second doubles, with Emily Orticerio and Braganca earning an 8-3 win over Daelli and Conroy.
In the closest of the three doubles matches, Dayna Reilly and Laurel Ten Eyck held off Garcia and Gauthier 8-5.
The Anchormen tacked on a fourth point before singles ever began, as Daelli had to withdraw due to an injury. With only six healthy players going into the match, every player slotted in behind Daelli was forced to play a spot higher than they normally would.
Zangari clinched the match victory for the Anchorwomen at second singles, when she grabbed a 6-0, 6-0 win over Conroy.
Hailey Raskob made it 6-0 with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Fidelia at fifth singles.
In a matchup of unbeaten players at number one singles, Reilly defeated Garcia 6-2, 6-3 in a tightly contested match.
Erickson put up another strong fight for UMass Boston at fourth singles, as she fell 6-2, 6-3 to Laura Nastasi.
With the other five matches already completed, Gauthier stunned Braganca to earn her best win of her sophomore season.
BY THE NUMBERS
- The Anchorwomen have won nine-straight LEC regular-season matches and improved to 12-0 overall. They have dropped just six points out of a possible 108 this fall.
- Gauthier improved to 4-4 on the season in singles with her third-straight singles win.
- Garcia suffered her first singles loss of the season in the match. She still is off to a strong 13-3 start to her senior campaign.
UMass Boston will host Western Connecticut State University on Friday at 2:30 p.m. in a virtual LEC Tournament play-in match. The two teams are both vying for the sixth and final spot in the upcoming LEC Tournament.