NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's tennis team earned its first shutout of the season Thursday, defeating Anna Maria College, 9-0, in a nonleague match at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Tennis Courts.
The Corsairs dropped only one set in nine matches and improved their record to 7-3 overall (4-2 in the Little East Conference). Anna Maria fell to 6-4 overall (2-3 Great Northeast Athletic Conference).
UMass Dartmouth got off to a hot start with a pair of 8-1 victories in first and third doubles. Senior Casey Auman (North Dartmouth, Mass.) and freshman Rosalie Kimba (Milford, Mass.) took the match's first point in the third doubles flight, followed by senior Nicole Pelletier (Swansea, Mass.) and junior Hannah Schulze (Chelmsford, Mass.) winning at first doubles.
Senior Angela Pollard, playing a rare match without four-year partner Allison Furtado, teamed with classmate Liz Cignoli and won the last three games, propelling them to a 8-6 win over AMCATS seniors Emily Williamson (Spencer, Mass.) and Victoria Minotti (Shelton, Conn.).
The Corsairs won three matches by 6-0, 6-0 scores to clinch the victory, behind Schulze at second singles, Cignoli at fifth singles and freshman Katelyn Capone (Abington, Mass.) at sixth singles. Auman was a 6-2, 6-4 winner over Williamson in fourth singles.
Pelletier got off to a great start and held off Anna Maria freshman Jessica Gautieri (North Attleboro, Mass.) 6-1, 6-4 in first singles. The closest match of the contest came at third singles, where Pollard edged Minotti 6-2, 5-7, 10-4.
The Corsairs host Western Connecticut in a LEC match at 1 p.m. on Saturday. It has been designated as Senior Day, and pre-match festivities will begin at 12:40 p.m.