Southern Maine Holds Off Western Connecticut 6-3

Senior Day 2018: Coach Eric Haase, Margaret "Sissy" Smith, Joanna Scheidegger and Courtney Jordan.
Senior Day 2018: Coach Eric Haase, Margaret "Sissy" Smith, Joanna Scheidegger and Courtney Jordan.
Huskies Host Plymouth State on Wednesday

            GORHAM, Maine -- The University of Southern Maine women's tennis used its depth to take a 6-3 Little East Conference victory over visiting Western Connecticut State University Saturday morning on Senior Day at the Gorham High School Courts.

            The win was the third straight for the Huskies, improving their record to 6-4 overall and 4-3 in the conference.  The Huskies moved into position to earn their first berth in the upcoming Little East Conference tournament for the first time since 2013.  The Colonials dropped to 1-10 overall and 1-6 in LEC play. (EDITOR's NOTE: An earlier version of this story indicated the USM had clinched a tournament berth. That information was inaccurate).

            Leading 2-1 after the three doubles matches, the Huskies quickly fell behind 3-2 as WestConn junior Emma Chapman (Danbury, Conn.) and senior Carole Allers (Wilton, Conn.) swept the top two singles matches in straight sets.  Chapman and Allers combined for the Colonials lone point in doubles taking the top flight 8-4 over the USM duo of juniors Denae Walton (Plymouth, Minn./Andover) and Samantha Harden (Turner, Maine/Leavitt Area).

            Southern Maine tied the match when senior Courtney Jordan (Portland, Maine/Westbrook) won in straight sets at number three.  The Huskies took the lead for good when junior Ashley Owens' (Penn Yan, N.Y.) rallied from a set down to take a 1-6, 6-2, 6-1 win over Sarah Warkoski (Bristol, Conn./Bristol Central) at number four.

            Senior captain Margaret Smith (Farmingdale, Maine/Gardiner Area) provided the decisive fifth point with her 6-2, 6-3 win over junior Gabriella Orsini (Watertown, Maine) at number five.  Classmate Joanna Scheidegger (Lyss, Switzerland) added the final point for USM with a straight-sets win at number six.

            Jordan combined with Owens, and Smith and Scheidegger paired together, to provide the Huskies with wins in doubles play.

            The Huskies will play their final regular-season home match hosting Plymouth State University on Wednesday (4 p.m.).  Western Connecticut returns home to host Rensselaer tomorrow morning (11 a.m.).