SALEM, Mass.—UMass Boston women's tennis picked a perfect time to earn their first conference win of the season, as the Beacons (4-8, 1-5 Little East) earned a huge Little East Conference win over host Salem State University (3-6, 2-3 Little East) Tuesday afternoon at the Central Campus Tennis Courts.
With their backs against the wall in a must-win setting, UMass Boston earned all three doubles points and picked up wins at three of the six singles matches, to register their first win over the Vikings since 2008.
Despite missing one of their regular starters, UMass Boston won five of the first six matches to keep their Little East Conference Playoff hopes alive. With the win, UMass Boston moved within two games of the sixth and final playoff spot in this year's Little East Conference Tournament.
Freshman Nuha Muntasser (Braintree, Mass.) and sophomore Logan Smith (Southwick, Mass.) teamed up for the first time all season and got the Beacons off to a good start with an 8-6 win at number two doubles.
Senior co-captains Anitra Kloczewiak (Newton, Mass.) and Samantha Counts (Bridgewater, Mass.) cruised to an 8-3 win at number one doubles and Kelsey Shea (West Bridgewater, Mass.) and Vicky Woytowicz (Springfield, Mass.) earned an 8-5 victory at third-flight doubles to give the Beacons a 3-0 lead.
Kloczewiak continued her dominant streak in conference play, when she finished off Salem State's Lauren Woods 6-0, 6-1 at second-flight singles. The Beacons senior is now 6-0 in Little East singles play and 10-2 overall against conference foes.
The Vikings got on the board at sixth-flight singles, as Hillary Gustafson downed Shea 6-1, 6-3 to cut the Beacons lead to 4-1.
Muntasser, the reigning Little East Conference Rookie of the Week, clinched the Beacons first conference win with a victory at number one singles (6-2, 6-1).
Salem State made it 5-3, as Tara Garvey knocked off Nurcin Celebi (Istanbul, Turkey) 6-1, 6-1 at number four singles and Katie Razzaboni outlasted Counts 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) in third-flight singles.
Kathleen Conroy (Quincy, Mass.) closed out the match with a 6-4, 6-3 win at fifth-flight singles to give UMB a 6-3 victory.
UMass Boston will return home Thursday for a 3:00 p.m. tilt against Western Connecticut State University. Live stats will be available for the contest.