October 8, 2013

Women's Tennis Can't Handle Red Hot Bears

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's tennis team saw its four-match winning streak come to end, bowing 8-1 Tuesday to undefeated Bridgewater State University at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Tennis Courts.

Bridgewater State improved to 9-0 overall and sits atop the Little East Conference (LEC) standings at 5-0. The Bears are now 28-1 in LEC regular season play dating back to 2010, when they dropped their only league loss over the past four years at the hands of the Corsairs. UMass Dartmouth fell to 6-3 overall and 4-2 and third place in the LEC.

The Corsairs lone victory came at first doubles, where senior Nicole Pelletier (Swansea, Mass.) and junior Hannah Schulze defeated Bears seniors Jenna Williamson (Ludlow, Mass.) and Lauren Hopp (Dartmouth, Mass), 9-7. It was Pelletier and Schulze's fourth consecutive win playing together as a team, and cut UMass Dartmouth's deficit to 2-1 after the doubles.

The Bears won all six singles matches in straight sets. Williamson, the LEC's two-time conference player of the year, gained a measure of revenge with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Pelletier at first singles. Corsair senior Lindsay Butler (Newport, R.I.) made her varsity debut in a 6-2, 6-0 loss to junior Rachel Eramo (Rowley, Mass.) in sixth singles.

"Credit Bridgewater State in this match," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Doug Chapman. "Their entire team came ready, and they took it right to us. Even if we had our full lineup they are a very formidable opponent."

The Corsairs host Anna Maria College in a nonleague match Thursday at 3:30 p.m. The AMCATS are 6-3 and have already set a school-record for victories in women's tennis.