BRIDGEWATER, Mass.—Defending Little East Conference Tournament Champion Bridgewater State University swept doubles, en-route to a 5-0 win over #6 UMass Boston women's tennis in the Little East Conference Tournament Quarterfinal Round.
#3 Bridgewater State 5, #6 UMass Boston 0
(UMass Boston 4-7)
(Bridgewater State 11-5)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Despite being able to field a full roster for the first time in three matches, UMass Boston women's tennis couldn't overcome the defending champions.
The Beacons kept the doubles matches at first and second doubles close, but would ultimately go into singles trailing 3-0. In singles play, the Bears took the first set at five out of the six singles spots and eventually earned wins at fifth and sixth singles.
With the loss, UMass Boston women's tennis wraps up the fall portion of their 2017-18 season. The match also marks the final Little East Conference match for the Beacons' five seniors: Kristy Garcia (Miami, Fla.), Martina Daelli (Florence, Italy), Kathleen Conroy (Quincy, Mass.), Meghan Erickson (Hubbardston, Mass.) and Maria Benatuil (Caracas, Venezuela).
Angelique Gray and Rachel Tarantino defeated Erickson and Annie Fidelia (Stoneham, Mass.) 8-1 at third doubles to open play.
At second doubles, Bojana Roman and Alison Scagnelli defeated Daelli and Conroy 8-4.
In the tightest of the three doubles matches, Alisha Silva and Amanda Strickland defeated Garcia and Katie Gauthier (West Boylston, Mass.) 8-5.
The Bears moved within one point of victory at fourth singles. Olivia Sweeney took the first set 6-0 over Erickson, before Erickson had to retire due to an injury she suffered on Friday.
Tarantino clinched the win with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Fidelia at sixth singles.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Garcia was the lone Beacon to be leading in her singles match. The senior owned a 6-1, 2-0 lead at first singles over Silva.
- The Beacons fell to 0-13 all-time against Bridgewater State. In the first matchup this fall, a fully healthy Beacons side took a program-record four points in a 5-4 loss on September 9.
- UMass Boston is still looking their first win under the current LEC Tournament format. The Beacons are 0-6 after today's loss.
UMass Boston will resume play in the spring, when they take part in their annual Spring Break trip from March 9-16.