WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - The No. 4 seeded University of Saint Joseph tennis team shut out the No. 5 seeded Albertus Magus Falcons, 9-0, in the GNAC Tennis Tournament First Round on Wednesday hosted by the Blue Jays. With the victory the Blue Jays move on to the semifinal round for the second straight year. They will play the No. 1 seed Johnson & Wales on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Winchester Tennis Center at 2 p.m.
In a rematch where the Blue Jays blanked the Falcons just four days prior in their final regular season match of the season, USJ picked up right where it left off and earned their second straight 9-0 victory over the Falcons in the opening round of the GNAC Tennis Tournament on Wednesday. USJ got to work quickly and swept doubles play to build an early 3-0 lead and never looked back.
Senior Rebecca Mauri (Meriden, CT) and sophomore Lucy Roberge (Willington, CT) made quick work of their opponents at No. 1 doubles and earned an 8-1 eight-game pro-set victory. USJ's No. 2 doubles team of sophomores Sakinah Abdulsalam (Bristol, CT/Bristol Eastern) and Ashley Savino (Old Saybrook, CT/Old Saybrook) followed with an 8-5 victory before freshman Domonique Carnot (Meriden, CT) and sophomore Leah Nguyen (West Hartford, CT) closed out the doubles sweep with an 8-4 win.
In singles action, junior Tara Smith (Palmer, MA) and No. 5 singles and Savino at No. 4 singles finished first as they both blanked their opponents in straight sets 6-0, 6-0 to gaurentee the Blue Jays the victory and a spot in the semifinals against Johnson & Wales on Saturday. Carnot (No. 6), Abdusalam (No. 3), Roberge (No. 2) and Mauri (No. 1) completed the sweep.
Carnot defeated her opponent 6-0, 6-1, while Abdulsalam and Roberge won their matches in straight sets 6-0, 6-2 and 6-1, 6-3, respectively. In her final home match of her career, Mauri, the Blue Jays lone senior, capped off her career in a three-set thriller. Mauri dropped the opening set 3-6 before battling back and winning the second set 6-4. She then went on and dominated the third set tiebreak, 10-1, to complete the sweep.
The USJ tennis team will now move on to the semifinal round of the GNAC Tennis Tournament where they will face the No. 1 seed Johnson & Wales. The match will take place at 2 p.m. at the Winchester Tennis Center in Winchester, MA.