Anchorwomen Sail Past Corsairs, 8-1

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Host Rhode Island College improved to 9-0 overall and 3-0 in the Little East Conference with a 8-1 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's tennis team Tuesday at the RIC Athletic Complex Tennis Courts.

The Anchorwomen took all three doubles points to opening a commanding 3-0 advantage heading into the singles. RIC's Julie Reddy and Noelle Tiberi overcame a match point at 7-8, 30-40 to defeat seniors Angela Pollard (Portsmouth, R.I.) and Allison Furtado (Fairhaven, Mass.) 9-8, 7-4 in the tie-breaker at second-flight doubles.

RIC's Tressa Cannata-Chelsea Brown edged freshman Jillian Reichert (Marion, Mass.) and senior Alex Post (Plymouth, Mass.) in third doubles, 8-5. Sadie Campanella-Jorgie Martin completed the doubles sweep by defeating junior Hannah Schulze (Chelmsford, Mass.) and senior Liz Cignoli (Springfield, Mass.), also 8-5 at No. 1 doubles.

RIC's Julie Reddy captured her match at fourth-flight singles, and the Anchorwomen got two more victories when Cignoli and Pollard both retired with injuries at fifth and third singles.

Freshman Katelyn Capone (Abington, Mass.) earned the Corsairs only victory, defeating Martin 4-6, 6-0, 10-3 at No. 6 singles.

The Anchorwomen took a pair of very close matches at number one and two singles. Campanella rallied over senior Nicole Pelletier (Swansea, Mass.) 5-7, 6-2, 10-5 at top-flight singles; Brown edged Schulze 6-4, 7-5 at number two singles.

"RIC is 9-0 for a reason - they have a nice set lineup, are playing with a lot of confidence and have gotten on a roll," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Doug Chapman. "Falling behind 3-0 after doubles put us a big hole on the the road. We battled in all three doubles matches, but didn't get at least one point, which was going to be crucial. And with two singles players retiring with injuries, it proved too deep for us to climb out of."

The Corsairs fell to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the LEC. UMass Dartmouth will return to action Thursday when they host Salve Regina University in a nonleague match.