DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Fourth-seeded UMass Dartmouth received wins in singles and doubles play from senior Jenna Lahaie (Lakeville, Mass.) to post a 5-1 victory over fifth-seeded Bridgewater State in quarterfinal round action of the 2018 Little East Conference Women’s Tennis Championships Wednesday afternoon on the UMD Courts.
The host Corsairs, who improve to 11-4 overall with their seventh straight triumph, advance to Friday’s league semifinal round and will take on top-seeded and undefeated Rhode Island College (15-0) at the RIC Tennis Center in Providence, R.I. beginning at 2:00 pm. The visiting Bears finish their season with an overall mark of 7-9.
Lahaie and junior Jaime Fastino (Rehoboth, Mass.) teamed up for an 8-3 win at number one doubles for UMass Dartmouth, which received an 8-6 victory at the number two doubles position from the junior tandem of Monika Reining (Linsengericht, Germany) and Natasha Shiku (North Grafton, Mass.). Bridgewater State collected its lone point of the contest with an 8-2 triumph from the number three doubles duo of freshman Vanessa Rosa (Taunton, Mass.) and sophomore Olivia Sweeney (Taunton, Mass.).
Lahaie began a singles sweep for the Corsairs by dropping only three games in a straight-set win at the number one spot in the lineup, while sophomore Michelle Aftandilian (Watertown, Mass.) added a 6-2, 6-3 victory at number three singles. Sophomore Emma Sokolovsky (Canton, Mass.) secured the final point of the day with a 6-3, 6-4 triumph at number six singles to close out the match for the hosts.
UMass Dartmouth, which has now defeated Bridgewater State in the Little East tournament twice since 2015, looks to avenge a 7-2 regular season setback suffered to Rhode Island College back on September 15th on the UMD Courts. The winner of the semifinal between the Corsairs and Anchorwomen advances to the 2018 Little East championship match on Saturday afternoon in Providence, as Friday’s other semifinal match will pit second-seeded Plymouth State against third-seeded Salem State after the Vikings notched a 5-0 victory over sixth-seeded Southern Maine in Wednesday’s other quarterfinal round contest.
(Photo Credit: Lyrik Gelmete '21)