BOSTON, Mass.—After nearly a month delay, UMass Boston women's tennis won five of the six singles matches, to defeat Western Connecticut State University 8-1 on Thursday afternoon at the Weymouth Tennis Club.
UMass Boston 8, Western Connecticut State University 1
(UMass Boston 12-1, Little East 7-1)
(Western Connecticut State 5-9, Little East 3-5)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Thursday's match began on Saturday, September 14, but was postponed for nearly a month due to heavy rain. Just after the Beacons completed a sweep of doubles, the rain began to fall on the B.C. High Tennis Courts and the teams elected to suspend the match. They resumed this afternoon, with UMass Boston leading 3-0.
Amy Drame (Milwaukee, Wisc.), Katie Gauthier (West Boylston, Mass.), Evangelia Vassiliadis (Weymouth, Mass.), Shelby Parent (Cambridge, Minn.) and Chloe Gates (Plymouth, Mass.) all went 2-0 in the match.
UMass Boston opened the match with a strong performance in doubles.
Valeria Tueme (Bonney Lake, Wash.) and Parent began the match with an 8-1 win at second doubles.
Vassiliadis and Gates extended the Beacons lead to 2-0, with an 8-5 victory at third doubles.
In the closest doubles match, Gauthier and Drame held off Western Connecticut State's Emma Chapman and Carole Allers 8-6.
Gates kept the momentum going into singles, as she cruised past Arianna Ragoo 6-0, 6-1 at sixth singles.
Parent clinched the match victory with a 6-2, 6-1 win at fifth singles.
The Beacons made it 6-0 at first singles, as Drame defeated Chapman 6-1, 6-1.
Vassiliadis wrapped up her match moments later, when she collected a 6-4, 6-1 victory at third singles.
Western Connecticut State earned their only win of the day at fourth singles. Sarah Silva defeated Meaghan Moriarty (Norton, Mass.) 6-2, 6-4.
In the final match of the day to finish, Gauthier rallied from losing the first set (4-6), to earn a 4-6, 6-4, 10-7 three-set win over Allers at second singles.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With the victory, UMass Boston increased their program record winning streak to 10 in a row.
- Vassiliadis and Parent both moved into a tie for fifth-place in program history with their 12 singles victories in a single-season.
- UMass Boston has now won nine-straight matches over the Colonials. The Beacons lead the all-time series 10-8 over Western Connecticut State.
- Gauthier passed assistant coach Kelsey Shea ('16) for third-place in program history in career victories with her singles win. Gauthier's 52 career wins are third only behind Kristy Garcia's ('16) 66 wins and Anitra Kloczewiak's ('13) 75 wins.
- Gauthier also moved into third-place in program history for career singles wins (24) and into a tie for third with Shea for career doubles victories (28).
- With the win, UMass Boston wrapped up the number two seed in next week's Little East Conference Tournament. The Beacons will host their first-ever home LEC Tournament match on Thursday.
UMass Boston will close out the regular season on Saturday, when they travel to take on Salem State University. The Beacons and Vikings will play indoors at the Bass River Tennis Club in Beverly, Massachusetts starting at 10:30 a.m.