Salem State Defeats Southern Maine in Women's Tennis Action 8-1

Senior Courtney Jordan at net (file photo by Jason Johns).
Senior Courtney Jordan at net (file photo by Jason Johns).

Salem State Defeats Southern Maine 8-1

            SALEM, Mass. -- Senior Courtney Jordan (Portland, Maine/Westbrook) earned the lone point for the University of Southern Maine women's tennis team Saturday as the Huskies were defeated by the Salem State University Vikings 8-1 in Little East Conference action at The Central Campus Tennis Courts.

            The win improves the Vikings' record to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the conference.  The Huskies dropped to 3-2 overall and 1-2 in conference play.

            Jordan won a 10-point super tiebreaker from sophomore Caroline Robitalle (South Hadley, Mass.) to win the point at number three singles.

            The Vikings were led at the top of lineup by junior Anastasia Startseva (Volgograd, Russia) and senior Madeline Allaire (Columbus, Ohio).  The duo combined for an 8-1 win over the USM pair of sophomore Elise Harvey (Newton Abbot, United Kingdom) and junior Samantha Harden (Turner, Maine/Leavitt Area) at number one doubles.  Startseva and Allaire came back in singles play to take straight-set wins over junior Denae Walton (Plymouth, Minn.) and Harden respectively.

            Southern Maine will travel to Husson University tomorrow morning (11 a.m.) for a non-conference match.  Salem State will host Castleton University for a Little East Conference match on Wednesday (3:30 p.m.).