DARTMOUTH, MA – Carole Allers (Wilton, CT) registered wins at second flight singles and teamed with Emma Chapman (Danbury, CT) to capture their top pairs match, but the Western Connecticut State University women's tennis team dropped a 7-2 decision to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in Little East Conference play on Saturday.
"We knew UMD was going to be a tough matchup for us," explained WestConn head coach Shawn Stillman. "They have a lot of depth at singles. We'll look to bounce back against Southern Maine and work on getting a win tomorrow. "
Score: UMass Dartmouth 7, Western Connecticut 2
Records: UMass Dartmouth (4-1, 2-0 LEC) | Western Connecticut (3-2, 1-1 LEC)
How it Happened
The Colonials took the first doubles match behind the pairing of Carole Allers (Wilton, Conn.) and Emma Chapman (Danbury, Conn.) by a score of 8-4. From there, UMass Dartmouth won seven of the next eight matches between doubles and singles play. The second and third doubles matches of the afternoon were each claimed by an 8-0 margin by the Corsair tag-team of Mollie McCaffrey (Taunton, Mass.) and Jillian Reichert (Marion, Mass.), then Kerry Magoon (Marshfield, Mass.) and Samantha Rollings (Tiverton, R.I.), respectively.
Junior Jenna Lahaie (Lakeville, Mass.) led off singles action for the home team, defeating Chapman 6-0, 6-1. The visitors bounced back to narrow the deficit to 3-2 following Allers' victory over Magoon.
From that point, UMass Dartmouth tennis team never looked back, winning the next six contests. McCaffrey and Rollings each blanked their respective opponents, succeeding in straight sets of 6-0, 6-0. Jaime Fastino (Rehoboth, Mass.) and Molina Oung (Bourne, Mass.) also took home wins in their solo matches.
Inside the Numbers
- In four of its five matchups this season, UMass Dartmouth has won at least one match by a score of 6-0, 6-0.
- The Corsairs have extended their winning streak over Western Connecticut to seven straight, dating back to the 2010 season.
UMass Dartmouth continues Little East Conference play, this time against Worcester State at Wachusett Regional High School on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. Western Connecticut returns to the court tomorrow at LEC rival Southern Maine with start slated for 10:30 a.m.