Lady Vikings tennis team to play Bridgewater State for Little East Championship at noon
The Salem State Lady Vikings, the third seed in this year's Little East Tennis Championship, upset No. 2 seed UMass-Dartmouth on Thursday afternoon (October 18) to advance to the conference finals for the second consecutive year. Salem State will face top-seed Bridgewater State in a rematch of last year's title match on Saturday, October 20 at 12 noon. Come cheer on the Lady Vikings tennis team as they play to claim the second Little East Championship on Saturday.
The Vikings took two of the three doubles matches to take a 2-1 lead going into singles. The Vikings won at number one, where seniors Michelle McEwen (Billerica, MA/Billerica Memorial HS) and Jessica Spinale (Saugus, MA/Saugus HS) defeated juniors Nicole Pelletier (Swansea, MA/Case HS) and Elizabeth Cignoli (Springfield, MA/Cathedral HS), 8-2; and at number two, where junior Maddy Ward (Somerville, MA/Somerville HS) and senior Anna Yaskell (Stockholm, Sweden) rallied from a 6-5 deficit and downed juniors Angela Pollard (Portsmouth, RI/Portsmouth HS) and Allison Furtado (Fairhaven, MA/Fairhaven HS), 8-6.The Corsairs won at number three doubles, where sophomore Hannah Schulze (Chelmsford, MA/ Chelmsford HS) and senior Liz Girczyc (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS) defeated sophomore Lauren Woods (Burlington, MA/Burlington HS) and freshman Tara Garvey (Palma, MA/Palma HS), 8-3.
Ward defeated Schulze at number two singles, 6-0, 6-2, and Spinale downed Pollard at number three singles, 6-4, 6-0, to put the Vikings ahead, 4-1. The Corsairs claimed the next two matches, with Cignoli defeating freshman April McDermott (Tewksbury, MA/Tewksbury Memorial HS) at number five, 6-0, 6-4, and at number four, where Furtado downed Yaskell, 6-3, 6-3. But SSU clinched it when Woods defeated junior Casey Auman (North Dartmouth, MA/North Dartmouth HS) at number six, 6-3, 6-2.
The Corsairs dropped to 10-2 with the defeat, while SSU improved to 8-4 with the victory. Salem State will travel to Bridgewater State Saturday for the LEC championship match.