DANBURY, Conn. - The University of Saint Joseph tennis team snapped a four game skid with an impresssive 6-3 victory on the road over the Western Connecticut State University Colonials at Westside Courts on Monday afternoon. With the win the Blue Jays improve their overall record to 2-4 on the season, while WCSU falls to 3-4 with the loss.
The Blue Jays opened the match by taking two of the three doubles matches in dominating fashion. At No. 2 doubles sophomore Sakinah Abdulsalam (Bristol, CT/Bristol Eastern) paired with classmate Ashley Savino (Old Saybrook, CT/Old Saybrook) winning their eight game pro-set match 8-3. Sophomore Leah Nguyen (West Hartford, CT/Conard) and freshman Domonique Carnot picked up the other doubles point after taking down their opponents 8-2.
In singles action, Abdulsalam, Savino, Carnot and junior Tara Smith (Palmer, MA/Palmer) each won their matches to account for the 6-3 victory. Savino (No. 4) and Smith (No. 5) earned the first two points in singles play winning their respective matches in straight sets. Savino won 6-1, 6-0, while Smith earned a 6-4, 6-0 victory to give USJ a 4-1 lead.
The Colonials battled back though and edged out senior Rebecca Mauri (Meriden, CT/Platt) at No. 1 singles and sophomore Lucy Roberge (Willington, CT/E.O. Smith) at No. 2 singles to make it 4-3 USJ. However, the Blue Jays answered and Abdulsalam clinched the match with a 6-1, 6-4 victory at No. 3 singles guarentee the win. Carnot wrapped up the scoring with a 6-3, 6-3 straight set victory to account for the 6-3 final.
The USJ tennis team will look to keep things rolling as they return to action next on Thursday, Sept. 29 against Nichols College at home. The match is scheduled to get underway at 3:30 p.m. on the USJ Tennis Courts.