Huskies Fall in LEC Opener at UMass Dartmouth

Junior Ashley Owens (file photo by Jason Johns).
Junior Ashley Owens (file photo by Jason Johns).

Huskies Fall in LEC Opener at UMass Dartmouth

            DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Junior Ashley Owens (Penn Yan, N.Y.) and senior Joanna Scheidegger (Lyss, Switzerland) earned singles points for the University of Southern Maine women's tennis team Saturday afternoon, but it wasn't enough as the Huskies dropped their Little East Conference opener at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth by a final count of 7-2.

            The win was the first of the season for the Corsairs and leveled their record at 1-1 overall and in the conference.  The Huskies are 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the conference.

            Owens won a hard-fought first set against sophomore Rachel Aftandilian (Watertown, Mass.) 7-5, then cruised to a 6-0 win in the second set to earn USM's first point of the match.  Scheidegger split the first two sets with sophomore Emma Sokolovsky (Canton, Mass.) 4-6, 6-3 before prevailing in the super tiebreaker 10-7.

            In doubles action, the Huskies dropped two heartbreakers en route to falling behind 3-0.  Scheidegger and senior Margaret Smith (Farmingdale, Maine/Gardiner Area) lost to Michelle Aftandilian (Watertown, Mass.) and Melanie Wong in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (4), at number three, and juniors Denae Walton (Plymouth, Minn.) and Samantha Harden (Turner, Maine/Leavitt Area) fell to senior Jenna Lahaie (Lakeville, Mass./Apponequet) and junior Jamie Fastino (Rehoboth, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth) at number one, 8-6.

            Returning to the court for singles, Fastino edged Harden 6-4, 6-3 at number two.  Michelle Aftandilian took the point at number three over senior Courtney Jordan (Portland, Maine/Westbrook) 7-6 (2), 6-1.

            Southern Maine is back in action next Saturday (1 p.m.) traveling to the University of Massachusetts Boston for another LEC match.  UMass Dartmouth will host Curry College for a non-conference match on Monday (3:30 p.m.).

 

-ble-