WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - The University of Saint Joseph tennis team was dealt an 8-1 loss by Johnson & Wales in Great Northeast Athletic Conference action at home on the USJ Tennis Courts on Friday afternoon. With the loss the Blue Jays are now 1-4 overall on the season and 0-2 in GNAC play, while Johnson & Wales improves to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the conference.
The Wildcats swept all three doubles matches to jump out to an early 3-0 lead over the Blue Jays. Senior Rebecca Mauri (Meriden, CT/Platt) and sophomore Lucy Roberge (Willington, CT/E.O. Smith) put up a tough fight in No. 1 doubles, but were eventually taken down 8-5.
In singles play the Blue Jays lone point of the match was taken by sophomore Sakinah Abdulsalam (Bristol, CT/Bristol Eastern) at No. 3 singles. She was defeated 6-0 in the opening set, but then her opponent retired and conceeded the match in the beginning of the second set.
Freshman Domonique Carnot (Meriden, CT/Maloney) had a competitive match for USJ at No. 6 singles. She was in it right until the end in both sets, but was eventually defeated in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.
After playing matches on back-to-back days for the first time all season, the USJ tennis team will take the weekend off before returning to action on Monday, Sept. 26 when they travel to Western Connecticut State. The match is set to begin at 3:30 p.m.