BOSTON -- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth won the final four singles matches to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, edging intra-state rival University of Massachusetts Boston, 5-4, this afternoon in a Little East Conference women's tennis match played at the BC High Tennis Courts. Sophomore Rosalie Kimba (Milford, Mass.) clinched the conference victory with a straight-set 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 6 singles.
Trailing 4-1, the Corsairs (4-6, 2-3) started their surge at third-flight singles when freshman Mollie McCaffrey (Taunton, Mass.) posted a 6-2, 6-0 victory. Junior Kristen Rose (North Dartmouth, Mass.) trimmed the visitors deficit to 4-3 with a straight set 6-4, 6-1 win over her opponent at No. 5 singles. UMass Dartmouth pulled even with the Beacons (2-8, 1-6 LEC) when freshman Kheyla Orival (Woburn, Mass.) registered a 7-5, 6-4 victory at fourth-flight singles.
UMass Boston raced out to an early advantage, winning two of the three doubles matches. The Beacons opened the scoring with an 8-3 win at top-flight doubles, defeating the Corsair duo of junior Maggie LeBrun (Mattapoisett, Mass.) and frreshman Kerry Magoon (Marshfield, Mass.). The Corsairs tandem of McCaffrey and Rose cracked the scoring column with an 8-5 win, but UMass Boston outlasted the team of sophomore Jillian Reichert (Marion, Mass.) and Kimba, 9-7, at No. 2 doubles.
The Beacons continued to build their lead by winning the first two singles matches. LeBrun dropped a 6-3, 6-1 decision at top-flight singles, while Magoon suffered a 6-2, 6-3 setback at No. 2 singles.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 3 p.m. on Oct. 14, when the Corsairs host Salem State University (4-4, 3-2 LEC) at the UMD Tennis Courts.