SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The University of Saint Joseph tennis team dropped a tough 9-0 decision on the road to the Springfield College Pride at Appleton Courts on Thursday afternoon. With the setback the Blue Jays fall to 1-3 on the season, while Springfield improves to 4-3. USJ will look for redemption as they have a quick turnaround and host Johnson & Wales in GNAC action tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 p.m on the USJ Tennis Courts.
The hosts won all three doubles matches by identical 8-1 decisions. Rachel London (Port Jefferson, NY/Port Jefferson) and Melissa Parrish (Framingham, MA/Framingham) took the top spot over Lucy Roberge (Willington, CT/E.O. Smith) and Rebecca Mauri (Meriden, CT/Platt), while Nicole Piazza (Portland, CT/Mercy) and Rachel Litchfield (Northbridge, MA/Northbridge) earned the point at No. 2 doubles over Sakinah Abdulsalam (Bristol, CT/Bristol Eastern) and Ashley Savino (Old Saybrook, CT/Old Saybrook).
Springfield's No. 3 doubles team of Emily Etter (Guilford, CT/Guilford) and Cara Freadman (Richmond, MA/Monument Mountain) topped USJ's Leah Nguyen (West Hartford, CT/Conard) and Domonique Carnot (Meriden, CT/Maloney).
In singles action, Mauri faught tough for the Blue Jays. After dropping the opening set, 6-2, to London she answered back winning the second set, 7-5, to force a third set tiebreak. London would go on to win the tiebreak, 10-7, however.
Roberge also posed as a tough match for Springfield in singles play. She came up just short in the opening set against Parrish, 6-4, before eventually falling 6-2 in the second set.
The USJ tennis team will be back in action next at home on Friday, Sept. 23 against Johnson & Wales. The match is slated to begin at 3:30 p.m. on the USJ Tennis Courts.