BOSTON, MA - Freshman Sarah Silva (Brookfield, CT) defeated Meaghan Moriarty, 6-2, 6-4 at fourth-flight singles, but the University of Massachusetts Boston went on to defeat Western Connecticut State University, 8-1, at the Weymouth Tennis Club on Thursday afternoon. The match originally began back on September 14, but the Beacons had just completed a sweep of doubles play, when the skies opened and the courts were quickly soaked.
Back on the 14th, UMB's Katie Gauthier and Amy Drame defeated Emma Chapman (Danbury, CT) and Carole Allers (Wilton, CT), 8-6 at top-flight doubles while Valeria Tueme and Shelby Parent defeated Sarah Warkoski (Bristol, CT) and Lesley Coronel (Danbury, CT), 8-1 at #2 pairs.
Evangelia Vassiliadis and Chloe Gates rounded out the doubles' sweep by edging Pooja Dudhedia (Brookfield, CT) and Natalia Paradise (Naugatuck, CT), 8-5.
Besides Silva's victory, Allers was narrowly defeated by Gauthier, 4-6, 6-4 (10-7) at second-flight solos.
"Getting behind 0-3 after doubles, makes for a very difficult match to win," stated WestConn head coach Shawn Stillman. "It puts a lot of pressure on singles, leaving little margin of error. We will be ready for Saturday's match and hopefully we can play our way into the conference playoffs, which begin next Tuesday."
WestConn falls to 5-9 overall and 3-5 in the league while the Beacons improve 12-1 overall and 7-1 in the LEC.
The Colonials host Castleton University on October 12. First serve is scheduled for 1 pm at Westside Courts.