Salem State defeats Western women, 5-4

Salem State defeats Western women, 5-4

DANBURY, CT – The Saturday afternoon match between the Western Connecticut State University women's tennis team and Little East Conference rival Salem State University went down to the wire, with sophomore Ann Spence (Attleboro, MA) claiming a 6-4 victory in the third set to give the visitors a 5-4 win over the Colonials at the Westside Courts. 

Singles winners for Western were senior Alexandra Moravsky (Sherman, CT) with a 6-3, 6-3 win over sophomore Melina Mavroforos (Amesbury, MA) and junior Violet Lisi (New Fairfield, CT) with a 6-2, 6-2 win over sophomore Conor Deedy (Rockport, MA). 

In doubles, the Western pair of senior Angelica Jara (Patterson, NY) and senior Alisa Akam (New Fairfield, CT) beat senior April McDermott (Tewksbury, MA) and sophomore Cassie Morrison (Clinton, MA) 8-4, and junior Carine Jacque' (New London, CT) and junior Karen Velez (Danbury, CT) beat Mavroforos and sophomore Jen Nassise (North Easton, MA) 8-3. 

Singles winners for Salem State were McDermott with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Jara, Morrison with a 6-3, 6-1 win over junior Olivia Mauro (Harwinton, CT), senior Hillary Gustafson (Belchertown, MA) with a 7-6, 6-0 win over Jacque', and Spence with her dramatic match ending win over Akam 1-6, 6-4, 6-4. 

In doubles for Salem State, Gustafson and Spence beat Moravsky and Mauro 8-4. 

With the loss, Western falls to 6-5 on the season, and 1-5 in the Little East Conference.  Salem State improves to 2-7, 2-4 in the LEC.  The Colonials return to action on Wednesday, October 14, when they travel to play UMass Boston.  Game time is slated for 3:00pm.  Salem State travels to Bridgewater State on Monday.