Salem State Raises Little East Women's Tennis Trophy
BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – Salem State
University senior Lauren Turenne (Reading, Mass.) stormed back from
a one-set deficit to win her second flight singles match and clinch
the program's first Little East Women's Tennis Tournament
Championship this afternoon at the Rosen Memorial Courts on the
campus of Bridgewater State University. Turenne's victory completed
a see-saw affair as the second-seeded Lady Vikings edged the host
and top-seeded Bears, 5-4.
Turenne used some late dramatics to pull off the decisive match. The senior captain dropped the first set of the match, and needed to win a tie-breaker in the second to extend the match. Turenne seized the momentum from the tie-breaker and left little doubt with the 6-2 victory in the final frame. She was selected the tournament's most outstanding player for her performance on the court.
Salem State (12-2) earned the conference's automatic qualifier into the 2012 NCAA Division III Tournament which will take place in May. Bridgewater State completed the 2011 campaign with a 12-2 overall record.
The visitors jumped out to an early advantage thanks to a 2-1 record in doubles. The Lady Vikings sandwiched a win at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles, while the hosts were able to salvage second-flight doubles. The team of junior Michelle McEwen (Billerica, Mass.) and Turenne easily dispatched the Bears top-flight doubles pair 8-3. The Bridgewater State No. 2 tandem of senior Bridget Murphy (Mattapoisett, Mass.) and junior Julie Kraby (Wrentham, Mass.) defeated their counterparts 8-4. Salem State took a lead they would never relinquish as senior Patricia Quartararo (Lexington, Mass.) and junior Anna Yaskell (Stockholm, Sweden) eked out an 8-6 victory.
The Bears attempted to halt the visitors' momentum as they evened the tilt at 2-all, when sophomore Jenna Williamson (Ludlow, Mass.) defeated her opponent in straight sets at top-flight singles. The visitors quickly regained the advantage as junior Jessica Spinale (Saugus, Mass.) breezed to a 6-1, 6-3 straight-set victory at No.6 singles.
The final four singles matches of the afternoon went the full distance with the eventual winner overcoming a one-set deficit. Kraby forged a three-all tie with her victory at No. 3 singles, but senior Carly Muniz (Billerica, Mass.) finished off her opponent at fourth-flight singles to put Salem State within one victory of the title. Freshman Rachael Eramo (Hudson, Mass.) put the Lady Vikings celebration temporarily on hold by earning a come-from-behind win at No. 5 singles.