LEICESTER, Mass. - The University of Saint Joseph tennis team recorded its first shutout of the season, blanking the Becker College Hawks on the road, 9-0, at the Leicester Middle School Tennis Courts on Monday afternoon. The victory improves the Blue Jays overall record to 2-5 on the season, while the Hawks slip to 0-6. USJ will be right back in action next on Tuesday at home against intrastate and GNAC foe Albertus Magnus College at 3:30 p.m.
The Blue Jays dropped just nine total games across all of their matches on the day and posted 10 shutouts across 15 sets. As a team they recorded a pair of 8-0 shutouts in doubles play and three players registered 6-0, 6-0 straight-set shutouts in singles action to total five matches where USJ didn't surrender a game to Becker.
Highlighting the match for the Blue Jays was freshman Alivia Castle (Bristol, Conn.) who didn't drop a single game in her first collegiate action in both doubles and singles. She paired with classmate Emily McAllister (Bristol, Conn.) at No. 3 doubles and the duo breezed to an 8-0 victory. Castle then followed that up with a double bagel (6-0, 6-0) straight-set victory at No. 6 singles, while McAllister also notched a 6-0, 6-0 clean sweep at No. 5 singles.
Junior Ashley Savino (Old Saybrook, Conn.) teamed up with freshman Catherine Baum (Bolton, Conn.) at No. 2 doubles to record the other 8-0 shutout in doubles competition for USJ and junior Lucy Roberge (Willington, Conn.) logged a 6-0, 6-0 sweep at No. 1 singles to round out all of the matches where the Blue Jays didn't drop a game.
The USJ tennis team will look to keep things rolling when they return back to action next on Tuesday at home against Albertus Magnus College at 3:30 p.m. Becker is back on the court on Wednesday when they host Curry College in a 3 p.m. match.
1. Lucy Roberge (USJ) def. Jacqueline Andrade (BCWT) 6-0, 6-0
2. Leah Nguyen (USJ) def. Victoria Puczydlowsk (BCWT) 6-2, 6-0
3. Ashley Savino (USJ) def. Dana Mahan (BCWT) 6-0, 6-1
4. Catherine Baum (USJ) def. Fiona Gilley (BCWT) 6-1, 6-1
5. Emily McAllister (USJ) def. Shannon Hazelton (BCWT) 6-0, 6-0
6. Alivia Castle (USJ) def. Jessica Mossop (BCWT) 6-0, 6-0
1. Lucy Roberge/Leah Nguyen (USJ) def. Jacqueline Andrade/Victoria Puczydlowsk (BCWT) 8-4
2. Ashley Savino/Catherine Baum (USJ) def. Dana Mahan/Fiona Gilley (BCWT) 8-0
3. Emily McAllister/Alivia Castle (USJ) def. Shannon Hazelton/Jessica Mossop (BCWT) 8-0