Bridgewater State Downs Southern Maine 7-2
GORHAM, Maine -- The visiting Bridgewater State University Bears won their third straight women's tennis match Wednesday taking a 7-2 decision from the University of Southern Maine Huskies in Little East Conference action at the Costello Sports Complex. The match was moved indoors to avoid any possible issues with weather.
The Bears improved to 5-4 overall and 3-1 in the conference. The Huskies dropped their third straight match to slip to 3-4 overall and 1-3 in conference action.
For Southern Maine, junior Samantha Harden (Turner, Maine/Leavitt Area) had a hand in both points. Harden teamed with senior Joanna Scheidegger (Lyss, Switzerland) to take an 8-5 decision over junior Emma Mills (Westport, Mass./Bishop Stang) and sophomore Madison Butkus (Attleboro, Mass./Bishop Feehan) in the number two doubles. Harden returned to win a 6-4, 6-3 decision over Mills in the number one singles match.
Bridgewater State won the other two doubles matches to grab an early 2-1 lead. Junior Angelique Gray (Osterville, Mass./Barnstable) and senior Rachel Tarantino (Mansfield, Mass.) broke in the 14th game to take an 8-6 win over the USM pairing of junior Ashley Owens (Penn Yan, N.Y.) and senior Courtney Jordan (Portland, Maine/Westbrook) at number one, and sophomore Olivia Sweeney (Taunton, Mass.) and rookie Vanessa Rosa (Taunton, Mass.) dispatched the USM tandem of senior Margaret Smith (Farmingdale, Maine/Gardiner Area) and junior Gabby Brooks (Palmero, Maine/Messalonskee) 8-0 at number three.
Sweeney, Tarantino, Gray, Rosa and senior Emily McGrath (North Dartmouth, Mass./Bishop Stang) won the two through six singles matches to cement the victory for the Bears.
Southern Maine is back in action this Saturday (12 p.m.) when it travels to Castleton University for a Little East Conference match. Bridgewater State hosts Rhode Island College in an LEC match on Saturday (12 p.m.).