BOSTON, Mass. - The University of Saint Joseph tennis team suffered a, 7-2, setback on the road to the Suffolk Rams at Buckingham Browne & Nichols courts on Monday afternoon. The loss slides the Blue Jays overall record to 5-7 on the season and 2-3 in Great Northeast Athletic Conference play. Suffolk improves to 7-7 and 4-1 in the conference with the victory.
Suffolk jumped ahead 3-0 after sweeping doubles play on the afternoon and never looked back in their 7-2 win. The Rams earned an 8-1 victory at No. 1 doubles and an 8-0 victory at No. 3 doubles, but sophomores Sakinah Abdulsalam (Bristol, CT/Bristol Eastern) and Ashley Savino (Old Saybrook, CT/Old Saybrook) gave Suffolk everything they could handle at No. 2 doubles. The duo scratched and clawed, but they were eventually subdued 9-7.
In singles play, the Blue Jays picked up their pair of points at the No. 3 and No. 5 positions. Both players needed a dramatic, third set tiebreaker, but they would hang tough to close out their respective matches. Junior Tara Smith (Palmer, MA/Palmer) earned the first point for USJ at No. 5 singles. She defeated her opponent 5-7, 6-2, 1-0 (10-5). Abdulsalam was the other Blue Jay to snag a point on the afternoon, taking down her opponent 6-2, 1-6, 1-0 (10-5).
The USJ tennis team will be back in action next when they welcome Regis (Mass.) to the USJ Tennis Courts on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 3:30 p.m. It will be Senior Day and the Blue Jays will honor their lone senior, Rebecca Mauri (Meriden, CT/Platt), and her successful career prior to the start of the match.