Women's Tennis Use Depth to Rally Past Beacons

Women's Tennis Use Depth to Rally Past Beacons

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's tennis team rallied from a 3-1 deficit with four straight singles victories to defeat UMass Boston, 5-4, in a Little East Conference match Saturday during Homecoming at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Conference Tennis Courts.

The Beacons (2-7, 0-4 LEC) captured two of the three doubles points and increased their lead to 3-1 when senior Anitra Kloczewiak (Newton, Mass.) defeated Corsairs junior Hannah Schulze (Chelmsford, Mass.) 6-0, 6-2 at second singles.

Then the tide completely turned towards the Corsairs (4-2, 2-1 LEC). UMass Dartmouth quickly won four matches from third through sixth singles to clinch the victory.

Freshman Katelyn Capone (Abington, Mass.) ignited the Corsairs rally with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over freshman Kathleen Conroy (Quincy, Mass.) at sixth singles. UMass Dartmouth senior Allison Furtado (Fairhaven, Mass.) knotted the team score at 3-3 with a 6-2, 6-1 win over sophomore Solveig Castelli (Precojo, France) at fourth singles. Senior Casey Auman (North Dartmouth, Mass.) put the Corsairs ahead to stay at fifth singles, defeating sophomore Nurcin Celebi (Istanbul, Turkey) by 6-1, 6-1 scores.

Senior Angela Pollard (Portsmouth, R.I.) clinched the match for UMass Dartmouth, beating Beacon senior Samantha Counts (Bridgewater, Mass.) 6-4, 6-1 at third singles.

"After dropping two of the three doubles points we understood we really needed to step it up in singles, and we did," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Doug Chapman. "We reversed the momentum from the bottom of the singles lineup on up, got on a roll and road it to a hard-fought victory."

Although the match had been decided, Beacons freshman Nuha Muntasser (Braintree, Mass.) had a rally of her own to complete. Corsairs senior Nicole Pelletier (Swansea, Mass.) won the opening set 6-3, before Muntasser even the match by taking the second set, 6-0. Pelletier led 4-1 and 5-2 in the third and deciding set, including having three match points when ahead 5-4. But Muntasser came all the way back and won the deciding third set, 7-5.

Kloczewiak and Counts teamed to defeat Pelletier and senior Liz Cignoli (Springfield, Mass.) 8-3 in the first doubles flight, while Muntasser and Castelli paired for a 8-5 win over Pollard and Furtado in the second doubles flight.

UMass Dartmouth earned what proved to be a crucial doubles in the third flight, with Schulze and freshman Rosalie Kimba (Milford, Mass.) 8-1 winners over Celebi and Conroy.

Muntasser and Kloczewiak were double winners for the Beacons, who claimed first and second singles and doubles. Pollard, Furtado, Auman, Capone, Schulze and Kimba each won for the Corsairs.

"Depth is what won out," said Coach Chapman. "It took a team effort to overcome their two outstanding players."

The Corsairs next match, originally scheduled for Monday at the University of St. Joseph, has been rescheduled to Sunday, Oct. 13 at noon in Hartford, Conn.