SALEM, Mass. – The Worcester State University tennis team suffered a season-ending 7-2 defeat to Salem State in a must-win Little East Conference matchup on Tuesday afternoon at the Central Campus Tennis Courts.
The Vikings wrapped up Little East play with a 7-2 conference record and will begin play in the Little East postseason tournament as the No. 3 seed. The Vikings will host sixth-seed Southern Maine in a quarterfinal round match tomorrow afternoon at home beginning at 3:00 PM.
Salem State (8-5) swept all three doubles matches which propelled them to a five-point victory over the Lancers.
Anastasia Startseva (Volgograd, Russia) and Caroline Robitaille (South Hadley, Mass.) defeated Dominique Alves (Ludlow, Mass.) and Monika Mularski (Auburn, Mass.) 8-5 at first doubles while Madeline Allaire (Columbus, Ohio) and Meredith Macdonald (Lynn, Mass.) beat Emma Collings (Marion, Mass.) and Charlotte Mullane (Sterling, Mass.) 9-8(7-3) at second doubles. Kristin Klimowicz (Ipswich, Mass) and Hannah Dahrouge (South Hadley, Mass.) completed the sweep with an 8-5 win at third doubles.
Startseva and Allaire each won in straight sets at first and second singles as the two completed the regular season with a combined 23-2 singles record.
Mullane and Emily Costa (Dudley, Mass.) won at third and fifth singles for Worcester State while Macdonald and Dahrouge picked up the final two points for the Vikings at fourth and sixth singles.
The Lancers conclude their season at 6-8 with a 4-5 conference mark. They finish with the same record as Bridgewater State and Southern Maine, but are eliminated in the tie-breaker.
Release courtesy of Salem State University Sports Information.