Fastino's Three Set Triumph Lifts Women's Tennis To 5-4 Victory At Clark

Fastino's Three Set Triumph Lifts Women's Tennis To 5-4 Victory At Clark

WORCESTER, Mass. --  Senior Jaime Fastino’s (Rehoboth, Mass.) three-set victory at the number two singles spot provided the difference that lifted UMass Dartmouth to a 5-4 non-league dual-match triumph over Clark Tuesday afternoon on the Corash Courts.

Fastino sandwiched identical 6-4 wins around a 6-3 setback in the deciding match for the visiting Corsairs (4-1), who also received a three-set triumph at number three singles from junior Michelle Aftandilian (Watertown, Mass.).  Freshman Lauren Morgart (Weston, Mass.) won in straight sets in her debut at the top singles position in the lineup for UMass Dartmouth, which received a straight set victory at the number six spot from sophomore Jackie Bokis (Spencer, Mass.).  Aftandilian and junior Jordan Martin (Taunton, Mass.) teamed up for their fourth win in five decisions at number two doubles to record the other point of the day for the visitors.

Junior Elizabeth Tchantouridze (Northfield, Vt.) and freshman Megan Balani (Braintree, Mass.) notched wins at the number four and five singles spots in the setback for the host Cougars (1-1), and the duo teamed up for an 8-6 triumph at number three doubles.  Senior Anna Gates (North Scituate, R.I.) and freshman Eleanor Hodgkin (Manchester, Maine) accounted for Clark’s other point of the contest with an 8-6 victory at the top doubles position.

UMass Dartmouth hosts Division II Bentley in a non-league dual-match on Thursday afternoon on the UMD Courts beginning at 3:30 pm, while Clark entertains Worcester in a non-league clash on Thursday afternoon on the Corash Courts that begins at 4:00 pm.