Southern Maine Falls to LEC Leader Rhode Island College 8-1

Junior Samantha Harden
Junior Samantha Harden
Huskies Now Wait on Possible LEC Playoff Berth

            PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Junior Samantha Harden (Turner, Maine/Leavitt Area) provided the University of Southern Maine women's tennis team with its lone point as the Huskies closed the 2018 regular season with an 8-1 loss to Little East Conference leader Rhode Island College in a match played Saturday afternoon at the RIC Tennis Center.

            With their second straight loss, the Huskies finished the season 6-6 overall and 4-5 in the conference.  They will have to await the outcomes of matches still to be played tomorrow and possibly Monday to see if they will receive a berth in the LEC postseason tournament.

            The Anchorwomen improved to 14-0 overall and 8-0 in the conference.  They have a make-up match on Sunday at Worcester State University that has playoff implications for Worcester State and USM.

            Harden defeated RIC sophomore Victoria Vittori (New Bedford, Mass./Lenox Memorial) in the number two singles match, 6-4, 6-4, to give USM its one point.  Harden completed her first regular season with the Huskies compiling a 7-4 overall mark.

            The Anchorwomen jumped to a 3-0 lead by sweeping the three doubles matches, 8-1, 8-2 and 8-1.

            Sophomore Grace Zangari (Saunderstown, R.I./North Kingstown) led the Anchorwomen with a straight-sets win at number one singles, and combined with classmate Hailey Raskob (North Smithfield, R.I.) for the win at number two doubles.

            The Little East Conference office will announce the six teams that have qualified for the 2018 championship tournament as soon as all matches effecting the final standings have been played.  Southern Maine is in a three-way battle with Worcester State and Bridgewater State University for the final two playoff slots.