DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's tennis team remained unbeaten on Monday, extending its winning streak to three matches with a 7-2 victory over the University of Saint Joseph at the UMD Tennis Courts. The setback drops the Blue Jays record to 0-2 on the season, while the Corsairs improve to 3-0.
The Corsairs picked up two doubles victories before the Blue Jays handed UMass Dartmouth its first doubles loss of the season. At No. 1 doubles, junior Jenna Lahaie (Lakeville, Mass.) and senior Kerry Magoon (Marshfield, Mass.) downed junior's Lucy Roberge (Willington, Conn.) and Leah Nguyen (West Hartford, Conn.) 8-3, with senior's Mollie McCaffrey (Taunton, Mass.) and Jillian Reichert (Marion, Mass.) edging junior Ashley Savino (Old Saybrook, Conn.) and freshman Catherine Baum (Bolton, Conn.) 8-5 at the No. 2 flight.
USJ earned its first point at the third flight, with sophomore Domonique Carnot (Meriden, Conn.) and freshman Emily McAllister (Bristol, Conn.) defeating senior Molina Oung (Bourne, Mass.) and freshman Rachel Aftandilian (Watertown, Mass.) 8-3 to head into singles play.
McCaffrey put the Corsairs up 3-1 with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Savino at No. 3 singles, and freshman Michelle Aftandilian (Watertown, Mass.) upped the margin to 4-1 after defeating McAllister 6-3, 6-1 at No. 6. Nguyen got one back for the Blue Jays with a 6-4, 6-0 defeat of Magoon in the No. 2 singles slot, but sophomore Jaime Fastino (Rehoboth, Mass.) sealed the match for UMass Dartmouth at No. 4, topping Baum 6-1, 6-4.
UMass Dartmouth went on to also claim the final two singles matches to account for the 7-2 final margin, as senior Samantha Rollings (Tiverton, R.I.) edged Carnot 6-3, 6-2 and Lahaie gutted out a 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) three-set, tiebreak win over Roberge after dropping the first set 4-6.
The USJ tennis team will look to respond when they return back to action next and open up Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play on Wednesday at Simmons. The match is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.