Sept. 26, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Visiting Western Connecticut State won five of the six doubles matches and defeated the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's tennis team, 6-3, in a Little East Conference match at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Saturday.
The Corsairs built a 2-1 lead after the doubles competition, as junior Blair Dalrymple (North Attleboro, MA/North Attleboro HS) and freshman Juliet Levangie (Middleboro, MA/Coyle-Cassidy HS) defeated sophomore Elizabeth Banacci (Danbury, CT/Danbury HS) at number three doubles, 8-1, and junior Amy Lopes teamed with sophomore Courtney Morey (Mashpee, MA/Mashpee HS) to down junior Lauren Post (Danbury, CT/Danbury HS) and senior Jenna Kosiba (Bristol, CT/Bristol Eastern HS) at number one doubles, 8-5.
The Colonials turned the tables in singles, winning four matches to take an insurmountable lead. Sophomore Alyssa Hoynack (Old Lyme, CT/Old Lyme HS) tied the match by defeating sophomore Kelsey Grossman (Holliston, MA/Holliston HS) at number three singles, 6-0, 6-2. Junior Alison Mahony (Bristol, CT/Bristol Eastern HS) defeated Dalrymple at number four singles, 6-4, 7-5, to clinch the decision. Freshman Juliet Levangie (Middleboro, MA/Coyle-Cassidy HS) earned the Corsairs' only singles victory, downing junior Brittany DiMauro (Torrington, CT/Torrington HS) at number six, 3-6, 6-0, 6-4.
"After we won the two doubles, I thought we were in good shape, but Western Connecticut is an excellent team," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Ralph Perry. "We had some great matches, Juliet won at sixth singles, but they played well, and they deserved to win today. Our doubles performed well, but Western Connecticut has a strong singles lineup, and it showed today."
The Corsairs dropped to 4-2 and 3-1 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while the Colonials improved to 5-1 and 3-0 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Worcester State next Tuesday. WCSU will visit Manhattanville Wednesday.
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