Oct. 6, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The 100th career victory for University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's women's tennis Head Coach Ralph Perry is one he'll always remember.
Perry's Corsairs rallied from a 4-2 deficit, winning the final three singles matches to defeat visiting Salve Regina, 5-4, in their non-conference match at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Thursday afternoon.
The Seahawks won two of the three doubles matches and two of the first three singles matches that finished to take a 4-2 lead. But junior Liz Girczyc (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS) defeated freshman Meg Olson (Colchester, VT/Colchester HS) at number six singles, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, to make it 4-3. At number five singles, freshman Hannah Schulze (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) downed freshman Erica Shay (Ashburnham, MA/Cushing Academy), 6-2, 6-3. Then senior Courtney Morey (Mashpee, MA/Mashpee HS) won the decisive match, defeating SRU's freshman Elizabeth DiFilippo (West Chester, PA/Sanford School), 1-6, 6-4, 6-4.
"It felt good," said Perry. "We had to win the last three singles to win the match, and we did. We were down, 4-2, and our players played very heads up tennis in pulling out the victory, first at five and six singles, and then Courtney Morey, with everyone watching and one match to go, pulled out the third set and the victory."
The Corsairs improved to 6-2 with the victory, while the Seahawks dropped to 6-4 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Newbury Friday. Salve Regina will host Western New England Friday.
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