Huskies Finish Season 6-7
SALEM, Mass. -- The third-seeded Salem State University Vikings advanced to the semifinals of the 2018 Little East Conference Women's Tennis Championship Tournament by defeating the sixth-seeded University of Southern Maine Huskies 5-0 in a first-round match played Wednesday afternoon at The Central Campus Tennis Courts.
The Vikings swept the three doubles points to jump out to a 3-0 lead. Junior Anastasia Startseva (Volgograd, Russia) and Caroline Robitaille (South Hadley, Mass.) teamed up for an 8-2 win over the USM combination of senior Courtney Jordan (Portland, Maine/Westbrook) and junior Ashley Owens (Penn Yan, N.Y./Penn Yan Academy) at number one. Senior Madeline Allaire (Columbus, Ohio/Metro Early College) and junior Meredith Macdonald (Lynn, Mass./Lynn Classical) won the number two doubles match over sophomore Elise Harvey (Newton Abbot, United Kingdom) and senior Margaret Smith (Farmingdale, Maine/Gardiner Area) 8-0. Senior Kristin Klimowicz (Ipswich, Mass.) and sophomore Hannah Dahrouge (South Hadley, Mass.) gave the Vikings their third doubles point defeating senior Joanna Scheidegger (Lyss, Switzerland) and junior Eden Martin (South Portland, Maine) 8-2.
Startseva gave Salem State its fourth point with a straight-sets win over Jordan at number one singles, and Macdonald provided the clinching point with her straight-sets win over Smith at number four.
Salem State improved to 9-5 on the season and will play second-seeded Plymouth State University on Friday (11 a.m.) in the first LEC semifinal. Top-seeded, and final four host, Rhode Island College takes on fourth-seeded University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the other semifinal (2 p.m.). UMass Dartmouth advanced to the semis with a 5-1 win over Bridgewater State University.
Southern Maine, making its first appearance in the tournament since 2103, finished the season 6-7 overall.