September 26, 2013

Corsairs Overcome Challenge From Salve Regina

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's tennis team broke open a close match and sailed to a 7-2 victory over Salve Regina University in a non-league match Thursday afternoon at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Tennis Courts.

The Corsairs (3-2) took a narrow 2-1 advantage from the doubles and won the first four singles matches to be completed for an unassailable 6-1 advantage en route to the victory.

With the match tied at 1-1, the hosts top doubles duo of senior Nicole Pelletier (Swansea, Mass.) and junior Hannah Schulze (Chelmsford, Mass.) nipped the Seahawks' Kasey Walther and Haley Maxwell, 9-8, winning the tiebreaker, 7-3.  Pelletier-Schulze had rallied from an early 0-3 deficit and twice served for the match before taking the crucial point in the tie-breaker.

Seniors Angela Pollard (Portsmouth, R.I.) and Allison Furtado (Fairhaven, Mass.) staked UMass Dartmouth to a 1-0 lead with an 8-4 win in No. 2 doubles over freshman Taylor Amendola and junior Meg Olson. Salve Regina's (2-4) third flight doubles team of sophomores Lindsay Macedo and Isabelle Weatherby evened the match with an 8-5 decision over senior Casey Auman (North Dartmouth, Mass.) and Rosalie Kimba (Milford, Mass.).

"Nicole and Hannah winning the tiebreaker and giving us a 2-1 lead proved crucial to the momentum of the overall match," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Doug Chapman.

The first four singles matches started with tight opening sets, but the Corsairs earned some breathing room with quick victories at No. 5 and 6 singles, respectively. Auman defeated Olson 6-1, 6-0 at fifth singles, while freshman Katelyn Capone (Abington, Mass.) topped Weatherby 6-3, 6-0 at the final singles position.

Pelletier clinched the victory with a come-from-behind 3-6, 6-2, 6-0 victory over Walther at top-flight singles.  Pollard broke open a tight match with Amendola, winning the first set 7-5 and then going on a 6-0 run at third singles.

Maxwell earned the Seahawks second point by defeating Schulze 6-4, 6-3 at No. 2 singles. Furtado earned the final point at fourth singles, outlasting Macedo 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, 10-6.

"I am very pleased by the way we fought and competed when the matches were very tight," said Coach Chapman. "We didn't let anything slip away from us. It was a solid overall effort."

UMass Dartmouth will return to action Saturday, Sept. 28, when the Corsairs host Little East intra-state rival UMass Boston at 1 p.m.  The women's tennis match will be one of three home athletic contests during 2013 Homecoming Weekend.