WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - The University of Saint Joseph tennis team defeated intrastate and Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) rival Albertus Magnus College, 7-2, on Tuesday evening on the USJ Tennis Courts. The victory marks the first GNAC win for the Blue Jays so far this season as they improve to 1-3 in league play and 3-5 overall. The Falcons slip to 5-5 overall and 1-4 in the GNAC with the loss.
In doubles action, the Blue Jays won two of three matches to take an early 2-1 edge entering singles play. At No. 1 doubles, the USJ duo of juniors Lucy Roberge (Willington, Conn.) and Leah Nguyen (West Hartford, Conn.) earned the win by a score of 8-2. The team of sophomore Domonique Carnot (Meriden, Conn.) and freshman Emily McAllister (Bristol, Conn.) at No. 3 doubles picked up the other point defeating their opponenets 8-1. The tandem at No. 2 doubles of junior Ashley Savino (Old Saybrook, Conn.) and freshman Catherine Baum (Bolton, Conn.) dropped a hard-fought match to AMC, 9-7.
The Blue Jays pulled away in singles play, winning five of the six matches to secure the conference win, 7-2. Roberge knocked off her opponent at No. 1 singles 6-0, 6-1, Baum breezed to victory at No. 4 singles with a 6-2, 6-0 straight-set victory, Carnot won in straight-sets 6-0, 6-1 at No. 5 singles and McAllister didn't surrender a single game on her way to a double bagel (6-0, 6-0) victory at No. 6 singles. Savino picked up the final point for USJ at No. 4 singles. She won the first set easily, 6-1, but then needed to win a tie-break (7-5) to down her opponent 7-6 in the second set.
The USJ tennis team will be back in action next on Saturday at home against GNAC opponent Suffolk. The match is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. Albertus Magnus returns to action this weekend against non-conference opponents John Jay and Lesley University.
1. Lucy Roberge (USJ) def. Jessica Coughlin (AMCWT17) 6-0, 6-1
2. Izzy Sabino (AMCWT17) def. Leah Nguyen (USJ) 6-3, 6-2
3. Ashley Savino (USJ) def. Kelsea Wildman (AMCWT17) 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)
4. Catherine Baum (USJ) def. Nallely Magana (AMCWT17) 6-2, 6-0
5. Domonique Carnot (USJ) def. Paige Williams (AMCWT17) 6-0, 6-1
6. Emily McAllister (USJ) def. Lakhena Rath (AMCWT17) 6-0, 6-0
1. Lucy Roberge/Leah Nguyen (USJ) def. Izzy Sabino/Kelsea Wildman (AMCWT17) 8-2
2. Jessica Coughlin/Nallely Magana (AMCWT17) def. Ashley Savino/Catherine Baum (USJ) 9-7
3. Emily McAllister/Domonique Carnot (USJ) def. Paige Williams/Lakhena Rath (AMCWT17) 8-1