PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Three-time defending Little East Conference Tournament Champion Rhode Island College jumped out to a 3-0 lead, en-route to a 5-0 sweep over #2 UMass Boston women's tennis on Sunday afternoon at the RIC Tennis Center.
Rhode Island College 5, UMass Boston 0
(UMass Boston 14-2)
(Rhode Island 15-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
UMass Boston saw their best-ever conference season come to a close the same way it started, with a tough loss against a very talented Anchorwomen team.
Saturday's match marked the final LEC matches for senior captains Katie Gauthier (West Boylston, Mass.) and Valeria Tueme (Bonney Lake, Wash.). Both players should have several more matches to play this spring, when the Beacons resume their 2019-2020 schedule.
Rhode Island College opened the match with a win at second doubles, as Grace Zangari and Hailey Raskob defeated Shelby Parent (Cambridge, Minn.) and Tueme 8-0.
In the final doubles match to finish, Jenna Lisi and Lauren Ten Eyck defeated Amy Drame (Milwaukee, Wisc.) and Gauthier 8-3 at first doubles.
The Anchormen closed out the match with wins at third and fifth singles.
Zangari earned a 6-0, 6-1 win over Vassiliadis at third singles and Victoria Vittori defeated Parent 6-2, 6-1 at fifth singles.
At first singles, Drame was in a tight match with Lisi, as the Anchorwomen player led 6-5 in the first set. Gates was also in a competitive match at sixth singles, with the sophomore trailing 6-1, 4-4 when the match reached completion.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Sunday's match marked the first-ever LEC Championship Match appearance in program history
- The loss snapped UMass Boston's 12-match winning streak and marked the Beacons' first loss since their 8-1 loss to Rhode Island College on September 7.
- Parent suffered the first singles loss of her career on Sunday. Her 14-1 singles record marks the third-best singles winning percentage (.933) for a single-season in program history.
- Vassiliadis saw her 24-match winning streak come to a close. Her only four losses of the season have come against the Anchorwomen.
- Rhode Island College leads the all-time series 22-3.
UMass Boston will be off until spring break, when the team will travel South to play several matches.