Western women's tennis falls to UMass Boston, 8-1

Carine Jacque'
Carine Jacque'

special thanks to Seth Orensky - UMass Boston Sports Information Office

DANBURY, CT - UMass Boston women's tennis (2-7, 1-5 Little East) raced out to an 8-0 lead to earn their first Little East Conference victory of the season, with an 8-1 victory over host Western Connecticut State University (3-7, 1-4 Little East) Wednesday afternoon at the Westside Courts.

The Beacons snapped a four-match losing streak, as UMass Boston kept its conference tournament hopes alive. UMass Boston will likely need to sweep Bridgewater State University (Saturday October 11) and UMass Dartmouth (Monday October 13) this holiday weekend to earn a playoff spot for the second consecutive season.

Junior Logan Smith (Southwick, Mass.), sophomore Kathleen Conroy (Quincy, MA) and freshman Kristy Garcia (Miami, FL) and Martina Daelli (Florence, Italy) each finished 2-0 to help UMass Boston snap a six-match losing streak against conference opponents.

The Beacons third doubles pairing of Vicky Woytowicz (Springfield, Mass.) and Conroy opened the match on a positive note for the Beacons, as they cruised to an 8-3 win.

UMass Boston co-captains Kelsey Shea (West Bridgewater, MA) and Smith made it 2-0 moments later, when the pair earned a dominant 8-1 win at second doubles.

Garcia and Daelli finished off the sweep of doubles action by breezing by Olivia Mauro (Harwinton, CT) and Melissa Osorio (Bethel, CT) at first-flight singles 8-1.

Daelli picked up her second singles victory in as many days to push the Beacons' lead to 4-0, when she knocked off Osorio 6-0, 6-3 at second singles.

Junior Nurcin Celebi (Istanbul, Turkey) improved to a team-best 5-2 on the season in singles play, when the junior earned a 6-1, 6-1 victory at number five singles to clinch the match victory.

UMass Boston made it 6-0 at number three singles, when Smith downed Mauro 6-1, 7-5. The victory was the first of the year for Smith in LEC play.

Garcia tacked on the seventh point at first-flight singles, when the freshman battled back from a first-set hole to earn a three-set win. Facing off against Lianne Maynard (Milford, CT), Garcia dropped the first set 4-6, before taking the next set 6-2. In the third and final set, Garcia ran out to a 5-0 lead, before Maynard retired.

The Beacons tacked on another comeback point at third-flight singles to pick up their eighth point of the day. Conroy dropped the first set 2-6, before sweeping the final two sets 6-4, 6-3 to defeat Alexandra Moravsky (Sherman, CT).

In the final match of the day, Carine Jacque' (New London, CT) defeated Shea in the third and final three set match of the day. Jacque' took the first set 6-2, before Shea evened the match with a 7-6 (8-6) win in set two. In the super tiebreak though, Jacque' grabbed a 10-5 victory to help the Colonials avoid a sweep.

The Colonials travel to Salem State University for a crucial LEC match up on Saturday, October 11.  First serve against the Vikings is set for 1 pm.