Sophomore Allison Furtado
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's tennis team won two of the three doubles matches, and went on to defeat visiting Southern Maine, 5-1, in a first round match in the Little East Conference Tournament at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Tuesday. Following conference rules, the match was terminated as soon as the Corsairs won five matches.
A close win at number two doubles gave UMass Dartmouth a 2-1 lead entering singles play. Sophomores Angela Pollard (Portsmouth, RI/Portsmouth HS) and Allison Furtado (Fairhaven, MA/Fairhaven HS) put the Corsairs ahead when they outlasted juniors Emily Boutin (Old Town, ME) and Ali Hartley (Boothbay Harbor, ME/Boothbay HS) at number two doubles, 9-8 (7-2).
Freshman Hannah Schulze (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) and junior Liz Girczyc (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS) staked UMass Dartmouth to a 1-0 lead when they defeated freshman Molly Morrill (Litchfield, ME/Oak Hill HS) and sophomore Leah Churchill (Cumberland Foreside, ME/Greeley HS) at number three doubles, 8-2. Sophomore Mary Moran (Windham, ME/Portland HS) and junior Tegan Talbot (Topsham, ME/Mt. Ararat HS) tied the match when they defeated sophomore Nicole Pelletier (Swansea, MA/Case HS) and senior Courtney Morey (Mashpee, MA/Mashpee HS) at number one doubles.
"Second doubles was a good, tight, exciting match," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Ralph Perry. "We were up, 6-4, they came back and took the lead at 7-6, we went ahead, 8-7, and then they tied it up before we won it in the breaker. Both teams played extremely hard, and Southern Maine played us extremely tough, and without our win at second doubles, the score could easily have gone the other way.""
The Corsairs won the first three singles matches that were decided to clinch the victory. Girczyc defeated Churchill at number six, 6-2, 6-2; Pelletier downed Moran at number one, 6-2, 6-0; and Schulze defeated Morrill at number five, 6-3, 6-1. The Huskies were leading in the other three singles matches when the match ended. "Nicole played extremely well at number one singles, and both Hannah and Liz were in control right from the start," said Perry. We're very pleased with our performance." The Corsairs improved to 9-4 with the victory, while the Huskies dropped to 8-8 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth advanced to the semi-finals, and will play at Bridgewater State Thursday afternoon. The match was the final action of the season for Southern Maine. "We'll be going up against an extremely tough Bridgewater State team Thursday," said Perry. "They are undefeated in the conference, and solid from top to bottom. We have to play extremely well to have a chance."