WINCHESTER, Mass. - The University of Saint Joseph tennis season came to an end on Saturday in the GNAC semifinal round at the hands of the Johnson & Wales Wildcats. The #4 seed Blue Jays fell to the #1 seed Wildcats, 5-0, inside the Winchester Tennis Center to conclude the season.
USJ finishes the year with a 7-8 overall record after advancing to the GNAC semifinals for the second straight season. Johnson & Wales improves to 12-2 with the victory and will move on to the GNAC Championship match between the winner of the Simmons-Suffolk match later this afternoon.
The Wildcats jumped out to an early lead over the Blue Jays and never looked back, sweeping the three doubles matches. The top seed controlled play at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles, but they would have to work for the point in the No. 2 pairings. Sophomores Sakinah Abdulsalam (Bristol, CT) and Ashley Savino (Old Saybrook, CT) faught hard and put up a valiant effort, but they would eventually drop the eight-game pro-set, 8-6.
In singles play the Wildcats closed out the match with a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 6 singles followed by a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 3 singles to give them the necessary five points for the victory.