NORTH READING, Mass. – The fourth-seeded Suffolk University women's tennis team punched its ticket to the GNAC semifinals with a 5-1 victory Wednesday night over fifth-seeded University of Saint Joseph in a GNAC First Round tennis match at North Reading High School. The loss ends the season for the USJ tennis team as they conclude the year with an overall record of 5-7. Suffolk improves to 8-6 and will play top seed Johnson & Wales on Saturday.
Suffolk took a 2-1 match lead after doubles action as the Rams secured wins on courts two and three to open action, but dropped a super tiebreaker in the top spot.
Junior Delaney Dunlap (Hingham, Mass.) and sophomore Keely Hardy (Chaleston, S.C.) put the Rams on the board thanks to an 8-1 win over sophomore Ashley Savino (Old Saybrook, Conn.) and freshman Catherine Baum (Bolton, Conn.) in the second slot. Freshman Ahilya Malhoutra (India) and sophomore Danlyn Medou (Inglewood, Calif.) teamed up for an 8-3 victory at No. 3 over sophomore Dominique Carnot (Meriden, Conn.) and freshman Emily McAllister (Bristol, Conn.), but senior Isabel Rathlev (Wellesley, Mass.) and junior Elena Cisneros Garcia (Barcelona, Spain) could not hold off juniors Lucy Roberge (Willington, Conn.) and Leah Nguyen (West Hartford, Conn.) on the first court, falling 9-8 (7-3). It marks the sixth straight win to end the season for Roberge and Nguyen at the No. 1 doubles position.
Dunlap pushed Suffolk's advantage to 3-1 thanks to a 6-1, 6-0 triumph on the top court in singles action over Roberge. From there, Malhoutra took down Baum, 6-0, 6-3, in the fourth position and Medou sealed the victory with a 6-1, 6-2 decision over Carnot on court five.
The match concludes the season for the Blue Jays as the Rams set their sights on the GNAC semifinals Saturday, Oct. 21 where they will face off with the tournament's top seed, Johnson & Wales, at Winchester Tennis Courts at 2 p.m.