September 28, 2013

Women's Tennis Falls Just Short At UMass Dartmouth 5-4

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass.—Despite holding an early 3-1 lead, UMass Boston women's tennis couldn't hold on against in-state rival UMass Dartmouth, falling 5-4 Saturday afternoon at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Tennis Courts. 

With the loss, the Beacons fall to 2-7 on the year and 0-4 in conference play. The Corsairs, who were picked to finish second in the Little East preseason poll, move to 4-2 and 2-1 in Little East play with the win.

UMass Boston opened the match with a two wins in three matches in doubles play, marking the first time the Beacons have earned more than one point in doubles action in a conference match this year. 

Anitra Kloczewiak (Newton, Mass.) pushed the lead to 3-1 with her fourth straight singles conference win to start the year, but the Corsairs responded with four straight singles victories to clinch the match.

Freshman Nuha Muntasser (Braintree, Mass.) earned a victory in the final and most competitive singles match of the day to join Kloczewiak as the only undefeated Beacons on the day.

UMass Dartmouth opened the match with a convincing 8-1 win at number three doubles, as Rosalie Kimba and Hannah Schulze easily defeated the Beacons pair of Nurcin Celebi (Istanbul, Turkey) and Kathleen Conroy (Quincy, Mass.).

The Beacons responded in turn with two straight victories behind their two most experienced pairs. 

Kloczewiak and fellow co-captain Samantha Counts (Bridgewater, Mass.) earned a swift 8-3 win at top-flight doubles, before Solveig Castelli (Precojo, France) and Muntasser picked up an 8-5 decision at number two doubles.

UMass Boston carried the momentum over to singles play, at least to start, as Kloczewiak dominated Hannah Schulze 6-0, 6-2 to win their number two singles match.

From there the host Corsairs quickly took control of the match, as UMass Dartmouth swept all four of the bottom singles matches.

Alison Firtado downed Castelli 6-2, 6-1 at number four singles, before Katelyn Capone downed Conroy 6-0, 6-2 to even the match score at 3-3.

The Corsairs moved into the lead at 4-3 when Casey Auman took down Celebi 6-2, 6-1.

Angela Pollard clinched the win for UMass Dartmouth at number three singles, when she outlasted Counts 6-4, 6-1.

Muntasser closed out the match with a big win for UMass Boston at number one singles.

The freshman just off a trip to the ITA New England Regional Championship Friday night, overcame three match points and and a three-game deficit in the third and final set (5-2), to earn a 3-6, 6-0, 7-5 victory. Muntasser came all the way back from 5-2 in the third set to win five straight games.

UMass Boston will return home Wednesday afternoon when they host Western Connecticut State University in a must-win Little East Conference matchup.