WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – The University of Saint Joseph tennis team suffered a 7-2 setback in its season opener to the Lesley University Lynx at home on Saturday on the USJ Tennis Courts. The loss drops the Blue Jays to 0-1 on the young season, while the Lynx even their overall record to 1-1 with the victory.
Lesley jumped ahead 3-0 early after sweeping doubles play to begin the afternoon. The Lynx earned an 8-2 victory at No. 1 doubles and an 8-1 victory at No. 2 doubles. Sophomore Domonique Carnot (Meriden, Conn.) and freshman Emily McAllister (Bristol, Conn.) gave Lesley everything they could handle in the No. 3 doubles match, but were eventually taken downed 8-6.
In singles play, the Blue Jays picked up their pair of points at the No. 4 and No. 5 positions. In her first singles action of her career at USJ, freshman Catherine Baum (Bolton, Conn.) took down junior Jessica Russo (Watertown, Mass.) 7-6, 6-3, earning a 7-5 tiebreak victory in the opening set. The other point came from Carnot who defeated her opponent in straight sets 7-5, 6-4.
Junior Lucy Roberge (Willington, Conn.) had a hard fought match for USJ in the No.1 singles match, but fell to Lesley's freshman ace Caroline Kiddie (Scituate, Mass.) in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.
The Lynx also took points in the No. 2, No. 3, and No. 6 singles matches. Sophomore Maddie Abbot (Portland, Maine) defeated junior Leah Nguyen (West Hartford, Conn.) 6-3, 6-1 at No. 2 singles, senior Theresa Pereira (Hopedale, Mass.) defeated junior Ashley Savino (Old Saybrook, Conn.) 6-3, 6-2 at No. 3 singles, and freshman Rachael Mingingham (Hopedale, Mass.) defeated McAllister 6-4, 6-2 at No. 6 singles.
The USJ tennis team will be back in action next on the road at UMass Dartmouth on Monday. The match is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.