Harden Wins Huskies' Point with Win at #2 Singles
BANGOR, Maine -- The host Husson University Eagles pulled out three hard-earned doubles points to take the early lead and never looked back defeating the University of Southern Maine Huskies 8-1 in a non-conference women's tennis match played Sunday.
The loss dropped the Huskies back to .500 at 3-3 overall. The Eagles, coached by former USM men's standout Josh Warren, remain undefeated at 6-0.
Junior Samantha Harden (Turner, Maine/Leavitt Area) earned the lone point in the match for the Huskies taking a straight-sets win in the number two singles match. Harden and her doubles partner, sophomore Elise Harvey (Newton Abbot, United Kingdom), dropped a heartbreaking 8-6 decision to senior Meredith Blessard (Lincoln, Maine/Mattanawcook Academy) and rookie Ashley Matlock (Caribou, Maine) in the number one doubles match.
Husson's number two doubles pair of rookies Natalie Tilton (Lincoln, Maine/Mattanawcook Academy) and Hannah Malinen (Middletown, Penn./Lower Dauphin) took an 8-6 win over the USM duo of juniors Denae Walton (Plymouth, Minn.) and Ashley Owens (Penn Yan, N.Y.). Junior Jocelyn Bell (Holden, Maine/John Bapst) and junior Marisa Brown (Lincoln, R.I.) gave the Eagles a sweep of the doubles points edging USM seniors Margaret Smith (Farmingdale, Maine/Gardiner Area) and Joanna Scheidegger (Lyss, Switzerland) 8-5.
In singles play, Owens and Harvey dropped tough three-set decisions to Tilton and Malinen, respectively, at numbers three and four.
Southern Maine is back on the courts this coming Wednesday (4 p.m.) hosting Bridgewater State University in a Little East Conference match. Husson returns to play next weekend traveling to Northern Vermont-Lyndon for a North Atlantic Conference match on Saturday (10 a.m.)