Southern Maine Falls to Rhode Island College 9-0
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The University of Southern Maine women's tennis team's season came to a close on Saturday as the Huskies dropped a 9-0 decision to the Rhode Island College Anchorwomen in a Little East Conference (LEC) match at the RIC Tennis Center.
The Huskies closed their 2019 season at 1-11 overall and 0-9 in conference play. The Anchorwomen, the LEC regular season champions for the fifth consecutive year and top seed for the upcoming LEC championship tournament, finished the season 13-1 overall and were unbeaten in conference play at 9-0. The Anchorwomen, who will have a first-round bye in the championship tournament, take a seven-match winning streak into their semifinal round match on Thursday.
Freshman Jenna Lisi (Cranston, R.I./La Salle Academy) led the Anchorwomen from the top of the lineup. Lisi combined with junior Laurel Ten Eyck (Warwick, R.I./Toll Gate) for an 8-1 win over USM senior Samantha Harden (Turner, Maine/Leavitt Area) and sophomore Emma Nassif (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) at number one doubles. Lisi returned to defeat Harden in straight sets in the number one singles match.
The match was the final collegiate match for USM's four seniors: Harden, Gabby Brooks (Palermo, Maine/Messalonskee), captain Eden Martin (South Portland, Maine) and Tracy Edwards (Cranston, R.I./Cranston East).
After its first-round bye, Rhode Island College will host the winner of the No. 4 vs. No. 5 match in a semifinal round match. The conference office will announce the final regular season standings and first-round pairings at the conclusion of all matches being played today.