GORHAM, ME - In a match that took four hours to complete, the Western Connecticut State University women's tennis team defeated host University of Southern Maine, 5-4 on Sunday afternoon.
After doubles, the Colonials led 2-1 with Emma Chapman (Danbury, CT) and Carole Allers (Wilton, CT) improving to 6-0 for the season at top-flight pairs with an 8-2 victory over Courtney Jordon and Ashley Owens.
Pooja Dudhedia (Brookfield, CT) and Sarah Warkoski (Bristol, CT) completed an 8-4 win at #3 doubles over Gabby Smith and Tracy Edwards.
The singles matches were very close in the beginning, but eventually Chapman and Allers won their matches in straight sets to give WestConn a 4-1 lead, 6-4, 6-1 and 7-6, 6-2 over Jordan and Owens, respectively.
After losses by Warkoski and a marathon defeat by Dudhedia, freshman Lesley Coronel (Danbury, CT) clinched the team victory with her 6-1, 6-4 victory over Smith at fifth-flight solos.
WestConn improves to 4-2 overall and are now 2-1 in the Little East Conference.
"It was a long match today, and the hot weather played a factor," stated WestConn head coach Shawn Stillman. "We're happy to walk away with the victory, but it wasn't easy. Our goal is to make the conference playoffs, so this was a good win."
The Colonials travel to the University of Massachusetts Boston for a mid-week LEC match on Tuesday, September 19. First serve is slated for 3:30 pm against the Beacons.