Women’s Tennis Rolls Past Salem State, 7-2

Women’s Tennis Rolls Past Salem State, 7-2

SALEM, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's tennis team rose to 4-1 in Little East Conference play on Thursday afternoon, topping conference foe Salem State 7-2 at the Central Campus Courts.

The Basics

Score: UMass Dartmouth 7, Salem State 2
Records: UMass Dartmouth (6-2, 4-1 LEC) | Salem State (1-7, 0-5 LEC)

How it Happened

The Corsairs swept all three matches of doubles competition, featuring an 8-6 win by seniors Mollie McCaffrey (Taunton, Mass.) and Jillian Reichert (Marion, Mass.) at No. 2, followed by an 8-3 victory via clasmmates Samantha Rollings (Tiverton, R.I.) and Kerry Magoon (Marshfield, Mass.) at the third flight. Junior Jenna Lahaie (Lakeville, Mass.) and sophomore Jaime Fastino (Rehoboth, Mass.) edged out a 9-8 decision at the top flight, prevailing 7-3 in the tiebreak set to put the Corsairs up 3-0.

Lahaie took one of the two Corsair losses on the afternoon, suffering just her first singles loss of the season to Salem State's Madeline Allaire (Columbus, Ohio). In a three-set long quarrel between Cassie Morrison (Clinton, Mass.) and Fastino, the host outlasted the visitor in a match that concluded with a 12-10 deciding set. Rollings came from behind after dropping her first set, 6-3, and won the next two by the scores of 6-0 and 10-3 to bring the Corsairs another win.

Magoon and McCaffrey both cruised at the No. 2 and No. 3 flights, respectively, with neither allowing more than three games from their opponent. Senior Molina Oung's (Bourne, Mass.) strong No. 6 singles play continued, as she bettered Jackie Garvey (Melrose, Mass.) 6-4, 6-1.

Inside the Numbers

  • Oung extends her singles winning streak to six matches. Garvey is the first opponent to score four games on the senior since Sept. 16.
  • With the victory, the Corsairs clinch a guaranteed berth to the 2017 Little East Conference Women's Tennis tournament as the first team to reach four wins in conference competition.
  • UMass Dartmouth has defeated Salem State in each of its last three competitions, dating back to 2015.

Up Next

The Corsairs return home to take on Lesley University on Saturday at 1 p.m. Salem State will also play on their home court, taking on LEC foe Bridgewater State at noon on the same day.