Husson Downs Southern Maine 8-1 in Women's Tennis Action

Senior Samantha Harden (file photo by Jason Johns).
Senior Samantha Harden (file photo by Jason Johns).

Husson Downs Southern Maine 8-1

            BANGOR, Maine -- Senior Samantha Harden (Turner, Maine/Leavitt Area) provided the University of Southern Maine women's tennis team with its lone point with a straight sets win in singles play as the Huskies fell to the Husson University Eagles, 8-1, on Thursday in non-conference play at Bangor High School.

            The loss dropped the Huskies to 1-2 overall.  The Eagles won their fourth straight match since a season-opening loss to the University of Massachusetts Boston to improve to 4-1.

            Harden posted a decisive 6-1, 6-2 win over Husson sophomore Ashley Matlock (Caribou, Maine) in the #1 singles match for the Huskies only point.  Harden and sophomore Emma Nassif (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) lost a hard-fought, 8-6 decision to sophomores Hannah Malinen (Middletown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) and Natalie Tilton (Lincoln, Maine/Mattanawcook Academy) earlier in the afternoon in the #1 doubles match.

            Malinen and Tilton came back to post points for the Eagles at #2 and #3 singles.  Tilton defeated Nassif at #2 in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1.  Malinen split sets with freshman Regina Harmon (Palermo, Maine/Erskine Academy), 6-0, 2-6, before winning a super tiebreaker 10-6 to earn the point.

            Southern Maine is back in action on Saturday (9 a.m.) hosting Little East Conference foe Western Connecticut State University at the Gorham High School courts.  Husson will play Northern Vermont University-Lyndon at home on Saturday.