WORCESTER, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth continued to stay hot with another conference win, outplaying Worcester State to a score of 6-3 on Saturday afternoon at Wachusett Regional High School.
With the triumph, the Corsairs notched their third straight victory, bumping their record to 4-2 overall and 2-2 in the league. The Lancers moved to a .500 overall record at 3-3, suffering their first conference defeat and moving to 2-1.
How It Happened
The Blue and Gold tandem of senior Jenna Lahaie (Lakeville, Mass.) and junior Jamie Fastino (Rehoboth, Mass.) exemplified more of the same season success, handling their doubles match with an 8-4 victory over the Lancer sophomore pairing of Dominique Alves (Ludlow, Mass.) and Monika Mularski (Auburn, Mass.). Worcester evened the doubles scoring at one apiece via the play of sophomore Emma Collings (Marion, Mass.) and freshman Charlotte Mullane (Sterling, Mass.), but it was the sophomore squad of Michelle Aftandilian (Watertown, Mass.) and Jordan Martin (Taunton, Mass.) that got the squad over the doubles hump with a key 8-3 win to give UMass Dartmouth a 2-1 advantage heading into singles play.
Alves snatched the first set against Lahaie, 6-3, but the fourth-year Corsair battled back in the frame for a 6-2 advantage to force the decisive third set. Worcester’s second-year standout came away with the match, forcing the Corsair senior to 20 games. Fastino redeemed the loss with a win in straight sets over Mularski, 6-3, 6-2.
In the #4 singles showdown, sophomore Rachel Aftandilian (Watertown, Mass.) topped Collings with a 10-8 success in a clinching third set, nudging the squad ahead, 4-3. Junior Monika Reining (Linsengericht, Germany) and sophomore Emma Sokolovsky (Canton, Mass.) were each victorious at #5 and #6 play, respectively, taking their matches in straight sets.
UMass Dartmouth hits the road on Tuesday to square off against St. Joseph (Conn.) for a 4 p.m. tilt while the Lancers host Roger Williams on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
(Recap By Kyle Diangkinay, Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant)
(Photo Credit: Rainier Almonte '20)