QUINCY, Mass. - The University of Saint Joseph tennis team was edged by the Wentworth Institute of Technology Leopards, 5-4, on the road on Thursday afternoon. The tough loss snaps a two-game winning streak and drops the Blue Jays record to 4-6 overall on the season. Wentworth improves to 4-9 with the victory.
The Blue Jays opened up the match by winning two of the three doubles matches to take an early 2-1 lead. Senior Rebecca Mauri (Meriden, CT/Platt) combined with sophomore Lucy Roberge (Willington, CT/E.O. Smith) at No. 1 doubles to defeat their opponents 8-2 and sophomore Leah Nguyen (West Hartford, CT/Conard) and freshman Domonique Carnot (Meriden, CT/Maloney) earned an 8-6 victory in their eight-game pro-set at No. 3 doubles.
In singles action, Roberge grabbed the first point for the Blue Jays at No. 2 singles winning in straight sets 6-4, 6-1 to build a 3-1 USJ lead. The Leopards would come storming back though, and took the next three completed singles matches, including two that were forced into third sets, to take the lead, 4-3.
With the Blue Jays needing a point to continue play, Nguyen came up clutch in her No. 5 singles role and rallied to take down her opponent 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 5-2. However, the Blue Jays couldn't complete the comback and fell in the final singles match of the afternoon as they were edged out by a final score of 5-4.
The USJ tennis team will look for redemption when they return to action on Saturday, Oct. 8 at home against GNAC opponent Mount Ida. The match is scheduled to get underway at 12 noon on the USJ Tennis Courts.