Women's Tennis Edges Emmanuel, 5-4

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Junior Elizabeth Cignoli (Springfield, MA/Cathedral HS) came from behind to defeat sophomore Jenni Hewes (Cape Elizabeth, ME/Cape Elizabeth HS)  at number five singles, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's tennis team edged visiting Emmanuel, 5-4, in their 2012 home opener at the UMass Dartmouth athletic complex Saturday.

Senior Liz Girczyc (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS) and sophomore Hannah Schulze (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) overcame a 6-0 deficit to defeat Hewes and sophomore Alex Jennings (Granby, CT/Granby HS), 8-6 at number three doubles, giving the Corsairs a 2-1 advantage as singles began.

Senior Jenna Reid (Lincoln, RI/Lincoln HS) put Emmanuel ahead, 4-3, when she defeated junior Angela Pollard (Portsmouth, RI/Portsmouth HS), 6-4, 0-6, 6-3, at number three singles. Schulze tied the match at 4-4 when she upended junior Amanda Woznicki (Bristol, CT/Bristol Eastern HS) at number two, 6-4, 6-4 before Cignoli broke the tie and gave UMD the victory.

"We were down at third doubles, and we really came back and put it together," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Ralph Perry. "After Liz Cignoli dropped the first set in her singles match, it didn't look good, but we she came back strong in the second and third sets. Our team performed very well against a good Emmanuel team today. We were tested, and I was pleased with our performance."

The Corsairs improved to 2-0 with the victory, while Emmanuel dropped to 1-2 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Newbury Thursday. The Saints will visit Clark Tuesday.

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