WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - The University of Saint Joseph tennis team topped the Mount Ida Mustangs, 8-1, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference match on the USJ Tennis Courts on Saturday afternoon. The Blue Jays have now won three of their last four matches convincingly to start the month of October and with the win on Saturday they improve their record to 5-6 overall and 2-2 in conference play. Mount Ida slips to 1-8 and 1-4 in the GNAC with the loss.
USJ took two of the three doubles matches to take an early lead on the afternoon. Sophomore Leah Nguyen (West Hartford, CT/Conard) joined with freshman Domonique Carnot (Meriden, CT/Maloney) to earn a clean 8-0 eight-game pro-set victory at No. 2 doubles, while sophomores Sakinah Abdulsalam (Bristol, CT/Bristol Eastern) and Ashley Savino (Old Saybrook, CT/Old Saybrook) snagged the second point via forfeit at No. 3 doubles.
The Blue Jays followed up with a clean sweep in singles play winning all six matches. Junior Tara Smith (Palmer, MA/Palmer), Abdulsalam and Savino each took down their opponents in straight sets 6-0, 6-0 to seal the victory. Nguyen won her match at No. 6 singles via forfeit, while senior Rebecca Mauri and sophomroe Lucy Roberge faced a slightly more difficult challenge at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively.
Mauri, the Blue Jays lead singles player, snagged a straight set victory defeating her opponent 6-4, 6-2. Roberge completed the 8-1 USJ victory, but needed three sets to grab the final point. She won the first set 6-3 before dropping the second 4-6, but then rebounded and cruised to a 10-2 victory in the third set tiebreak.
The USJ tennis team will have a quick turnaround and look to keep things rolling as they return to action next on Monday, Oct. 10 at Suffolk College in a key GNAC match. The match is slated to get underway at 3 p.m.