GORHAM, Maine -- The University of Southern Maine women's tennis team, bidding for its first conference win of the season, dropped a heartbreaker to visiting Western Connecticut State University, 5-4, Sunday at the Gorham High School Courts.
The win snapped a two-match losing skid for the Colonials who improved to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in conference play. The Huskies dropped their straight match to slip to 1-3 overall and 0-3 in LEC matches.
Western Connecticut grabbed a 2-1 lead after the doubles matches. The visitors added two points taking the top two singles matches before the Huskies took the #3 and #4 matches to close the gap to 4-3. The Colonials clinched the match when rookie Lesley Coronel (Danbury, Conn.) won the #5 match over USM sophomore Gabby Brooks (Palmero, Maine/Messalonskee), 6-1, 6-4. USM took the final point as sophomore Tracy Edwards (Cranston, R.I./Cranston East) defeated WCSU sophomore Gabrielle Orsini (Watertown, Conn.) at #6, 7-5, 6-2.
Juniors Joanna Scheidegger (Lyss, Switzerland) and Margaret Smith (Farmingdale, Maine/Gardiner Area) earned three points on the day for the Huskies. The duo combined for the Huskies' lone point in doubles with an 8-2 win at #2. Smith won her singles match at #3 over sophomore Sarah Warkoski (Bristol, Conn./Bristol Central), 6-1, 7-6 (4), and Scheidegger scored a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 win at #4 singles over sophomore Pooja Dudhedia (Brookfield, Conn.).
Southern Maine returns to the courts to host Husson University in a non-conference match on Wednesday (4:00 p.m.). Western Connecticut travels to the University of Massachusetts Boston on Tuesday (3:00 p.m.) for an LEC match.