West Hartford, Conn. - The University of Saint Joseph tennis team dropped a 7-1 decision to the UMass Dartmouth Corsairs at home on Thursday afternoon. With the loss the Blue Jays even their record at 1-1 on the season, while UMass Dartmouth improves to 2-1 overall with the victory.
Freshman Domonique Carnot (Meriden, CT/Maloney) and sophomore Leah Nguyen (West Hartford, CT/Conard) picked up the lone point on the afternoon for the Blue Jays at No. 3 doubles. Carnot and Nguyen defeated UMD senior Jillian Reichert (Marion, MA/Old Rochester) and junior Samantha Rollings (Tiverton, RI/Tiverton) 9-7 in the tiebreak to take the eight-game pro set, 9-8.
The other two doubles matches were also tightly contested as senior Rebecca Mauri (Meriden, CT/Platt) paired with sophomore Lucy Roberge (Willington, CT/E.O. Smith) and fell 9-7 and sophomores Sakinah Abdulsalam (Bristol, CT/Bristol Eastern) and Ashley Savino (Old Saybrook, CT/Old Saybrook) lost 8-6.
In singles action, UMass Dartmouth took five points with one match ending in a draw to earn the 7-1 victory. At No. 1 singles, Jenna Lahaie (Lakeville, MA/Apponequet) defeated Mauri 6-1, 6-1, while juniors Kerry Magoon (Marshfield, MA/Marshfield) and Mollie McCaffrey (Taunton, MA/Taunton) each won thier matches 6-0, 6-2 at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, respectively.
The USJ tennis team has a quick turnaround and will look to rebound from the setback as they return to action next this Saturday, Sept. 17 when they host Simmons at home in its first GNAC competition of the season. The match is set to begin at 12 p.m. UMass Dartmouth is also back in action on Saturday with a home match against Salem State slated for 1 p.m.