DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth secured the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye for next week's Little East Conference Tournament, wrapping up the regular season with a 6-3 victory over visiting Southern Maine on Senior Day.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 6, Southern Maine 3
Records: UMass Dartmouth (7-10, 4-2 LEC) | Southern Maine (1-9, 1-5 LEC)
How it Happened
UMass Dartmouth started the match on the right foot, as sophomore Anthony Joseph (Fairhaven, Mass.) and junior Justin Torres (Dighton, Mass.) swept Chase Orava (Sagamore Beach, Mass.) and Andy MacEachern (Nashua, N.H.) 8-0. Southern Maine answered, taking the No. 1 doubles matchup 8-3, as Kyle Curley (Gorham, Maine) and Samuel Holland (Falmouth, Maine) dispatched senior Corey Rafter (Franklin, Mass.) and junior Patrick Pacheco (Fall River, Mass.).
In singles, the Corsairs started out strong once again, as junior Zach Pavao (Somerset, Mass.) took down Kyle Morin (Lewiston, Maine) 6-2, 6-2 at No. 5. At No. 3 singles, Torres continued to took the deciding point 6-0, 6-1 over MacEachern.
Senior Summer Forest-Bulley (Turners Falls, Mass.) gathered the final point for UMass Dartmouth, as he took No. 4 singles with a 6-2, 6-3 score over Orava. With the match already decided, Curley took No. 1 singles for Southern Maine over Rafter 6-1, 6-1, while Holland defeated Joseph 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 singles.
Inside the Numbers
- For the third consecutive year, the Corsairs will enter the Little East Conference tournament as the second seed.
- UMass Dartmouth snaps a five-game losing streak to the Huskies, with the Corsairs last win over the Huskies coming on May 2 in the 2013 postseason.
UMass Dartmouth will host the winner of Tuesday's opening round matchup between No. 3 seed Rhode Island College and No. 5 seed Western Connecticut. The semifinal match will held Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at the UMass Dartmouth Tennis Courts.