NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA -The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's tennis team won two of three doubles matches and then took three of the first four singles matches to be decided en route to their fifth straight victory, a 5-4 win over visiting Rhode Island College in a Little East Conference match at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Thursday.
For UMD, juniors Nicole Pelletier (Swansea, MA/Case HS) and Elizabeth Cignoli (Springfield, MA/Cathedral HS) lost to RIC's freshman Sadie Campanella (Chepachet, RI/Ponaganset HS) and sophomore Janice Wang (Branchburg, NJ/Somerville HS) at number one doubles, 9-7. But senior Liz Girczyc (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS) and sophomore Hannah Schulze (Chelmsford, MA/ Chelmsford HS) defeated freshmen Sarah Goodwin (Greenville, RI/Smithfield HS) and Alyssa Diaz (Cranston, RI/Cranston East HS) at number two doubles, 8-2, and juniors Angela Pollard (Portsmouth, RI/Portsmouth HS) and Allison Furtado (Fairhaven, MA/Fairhaven HS) downed sophomores Chelsea Brown (Wallingford, CT/Sheehan HS) and Gianna Vallante (Coventry, RI/Coventry HS) at number three, 8-6.
Junior Casey Auman (North Dartmouth, MA/Dartmouth HS) defeated Vallante at number six singles, 6-0, 6-0, to put the Corsairs ahead, 3-1. After freshman Tressa Cannata (Cranston, RI/Cranston West HS) of the Anchorwomen downed Furtado at number four, 6-2, 6-1, Pollard defeated Goodwin at number three, 6-2, 6-0, and Schulze clinched the decision with a 76 (7-3), 6-4 win over Brown at number two.
"It was a close match, and it could have gone either way," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Ralph Perry. "Rhode Island College is a solid team, and we had to play our best to come out on top. I was very impressed with the way we played. Hannah Schulze played a very solid singles match to defeat Chelsea Brown and clinch the win for us."
The Corsairs improved to 5-0 and 2-0 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while RIC dropped to 2-5 and 1-1 in LEC play with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit UMass Boston Saturday. RIC will visit Worcester State Saturday.
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