Women's Tennis Bows To Bridgewater State In LEC Playoffs
Junior Liz Gircyzc
BRIDGEWATER, MA-Host Bridgewater State won two of the three doubles matches and went on to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's tennis team, 5-2, in their Little East Conference Tournament semi-final match at the Dr. Henry Rosen Memorial Tennis Courts Saturday. Following conference rules, the match was terminated as soon as the Bears won five matches.
A close win at number three doubles kept UMass Dartmouth in position entering singles play. Freshman Hannah Schulze (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) and junior Liz Girczyc (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS) came from behind to defeat Rachel Eramo and Melissa Flynn, 9-7. Sophomores Angela Pollard (Portsmouth, RI/Portsmouth HS) and Allison Furtado (Fairhaven, MA/Fairhaven HS) lost to Bridget Murphy and Julie Kraby at number two doubles, 8-2, and sophomore Nicole Pelletier (Swansea, MA/Case HS) and senior Courtney Morey (Mashpee, MA/Mashpee HS) fell to Jenna Williamson and Ashley Pereira at number one doubles, 8-2.
In singles, Flynn defeated Girczyc at number six singles, 6-0-, 6-0; Murphy defeated Morey at number two, 6-2, 6-3; Schulze downed Eramo at number five, 6-1, 6-2; and Williamson defeated Pelletier at number one, 6-2, 6-4. The two unfinished matches were close.
"We came back in third doubles after being down, 5-2, and that kept us alive going into the doubles," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Ralph Perry. "The singles were close except for number six. Bridgewater was the better team today and they deserved to win. Our team gave me everything they had this year, it was a great season, and I was very proud of them." The Corsairs dropped to 9-5 with the defeat, while the Bears improved to 12-1 with the victory. Bridgewater State advanced to the LEC finals next Saturday against Salem State. The match was the final action of the season for UMass Dartmouth.
UMASS DARTMOUTH TENNIS
Bridgewater State University 5, UMass Dartmouth 2 Oct 22, 2011 at Bridgewater, MA (Dr. Henry Rosen Memorial Tennis Courts) Singles competition 1. Jenna Williamson (BSU) def. Nicole Pelletier (UMDWT) 6-2, 6-4 2. Bridget Murphy (BSU) def. Courtney Morey (UMDWT) 6-2, 6-3 3. Julie Kraby (BSU) vs. Angela Pollard (UMDWT) 6-4, 3-4, unfinished 4. Ashley Pereira (BSU) vs. Allison Furtado (UMDWT) 4-6, 6-5, unfinished 5. Hannah Schulze (UMDWT) def. Rachael Eramo (BSU) 6-1, 6-2 6. Melissa Flynn (BSU) def. Liz Girczyc (UMDWT) 6-0, 6-0
Doubles competition 1. Jenna Williamson/Ashley Pereira (BSU) def. Nicole Pelletier/Courtney Morey (UMDWT) 8-2 2. Bridget Murphy/Julie Kraby (BSU) def. Angela Pollard/Allison Furtado (UMDWT) 8-2 3. Hannah Schulze/Liz Girczyc (UMDWT) def. Rachael Eramo/Melissa Flynn (BSU) 9-7