Southern Maine WTE Falls to Salem State 8-1

USM women's tennis team celebrates Senior Day prior to Saturday's match with Salem State.
USM women's tennis team celebrates Senior Day prior to Saturday's match with Salem State.

Demoranville Wins Huskies' Lone Point

            GORHAM, Maine -- Senior co-captain Rikki Demoranville (Madawaska, Maine) won the lone point on Senior Day for the University of Southern Maine women's tennis team as the Huskies fell to the visiting Salem State Vikings 8-1 in a Little East Conference match Saturday afternoon at the Gorham High School courts.

            The win was the first of the season for the Vikings after eight consecutive losses.  The Vikings are 1-8 overall and 1-6 in conference play.  The Huskies dropped their fourth straight match to slip to 1-9 overall and remain winless in six LEC matches.

            Playing at number three singles, Demoranville split two sets with junior Ann Spence (Attleboro, Mass.) before taking the super tiebreaker, 10-8, to win the match.

            The Vikings swept the three doubles matches to jump out to a 3-0 lead, then took five of the six singles events.  Junior Madeline Allaire (Columbus, Ohio/Metro Early College) combined with Spence to take an 8-2 win at first doubles over USM seniors Deb Attalla (Navarre, Fla./Woburn) and Liz Martin (Naugatuck, Conn./Woodland Regional).  Allaire came back in singles play to take a straight sets win over Attalla at number one.

            In singles play, Martin split two sets with junior Cassie Morrison (Clinton, Mass.) before losing the match in a super tiebreaker.

            Southern Maine has two matches left on its 2016 schedule.  USM will travel to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth next Saturday, then on to Western Connecticut State University on Sunday for a make-up match. 

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