NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – After falling behind 2-1 through doubles play, women's tennis erased the early deficit and bounced back to take a 6-3 non-conference win over Smith College to continue the best start in program history Thursday afternoon at Smith Outdoor Courts.
UMass Boston 6, Smith College 3
UMass Boston (5-1)
Smith College (0-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Chloe Gates (Plymouth, Mass.) and Evangelia Vassiliadis (Weymouth, Mass.) got the Beacons on the scoreboard at third doubles thanks to an 8-3 win. The Beacons nearly had a second win in doubles play, but the team of Allison Ahern and Yena Li slipped past Katie Gauthier (West Boylston, Mass.) and Amy Drame (Milwaukee, Wisc.) with an 8-7 (13-11) tiebreaker.
Despite the tough loss at first doubles, Drame bounced back in a big way at first singles with an impressive 6-4, 6-0 victory. Gauthier also got back in the win column with a 6-1, 0-6, 6-3 victory at second singles.
Vassiliadis completed her two win day with a hard fought 6-4, 7-5 victory at third singles. Meaghan Moriarty (Norton, Mass.) sealed the victory for UMass Boston with a strong 6-3, 6-2 decision at fourth singles. Shelby Parent (Cambridge, Minn.) picked-up her sixth win in singles play with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 decision.
BY THE NUMBERS
- The previous best start to a women's tennis season was in 2010 when the Beacons went 4-1 to start the year.
- Parent improved to 6-0 on the year with a 3-0 record at fifth and sixth singles
- Thursday's win marked the Beacons first against Smith College and the first meeting between the two teams since 2015
The Beacons will travel to the Holderness School to face Plymouth State University at 1 pm in Little East Conference match.