CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Simmons College tennis team's two-match winning streak came to an end in a 6-3 loss to visiting Roger Williams University this afternoon in a dual match played at the Beren Tennis Center on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. The Sharks fall to 2-1 with their first loss of the season, while the Hawks improve to 2-1.
Junior Lauren Schmidt (South Windsor, Conn.) teamed with senior Alexandra Brown (Kennett, Mo.) to earn an 8-4 decision at first doubles for Roger Williams over the Simmons junior tandem of Meg Cokely (Haverhill, Mass.) (3-0 singles, 0-3 doubles) and Caroline Khoury (Portsmouth, Ohio) (1-2 singles, 0-3 doubles) as part of a three-match sweep in doubles action for the Hawks. Schmidt won in straight sets at first singles over Sharks sophomore Theresa Reinhard (Canton, Ohio) (1-2 singles, 1-2 doubles) 6-4, 6-3, to give the visitors a 4-3 edge in the match. Brown's 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, victory at fourth singles over Khoury was the fifth and deciding point for the Hawks.
The sophomore pair of Harley Kaiserman (Setauket, N.Y.) and Caroline McCarthy (Carver, Mass.) topped the Sharks duo of junior Rachael Downey (Groveland, Mass.) (1-2 singles, 1-2 doubles) at second doubles, 8-5, while Roger Williams first years Kathryn Hughes (Westford, Mass.) and Gabrielle Riley (Barnstable, Mass.) combined for an 8-2 triumph at third doubles to hand sophomore Cathy Baker (Simsbury, Conn.) (2-1 doubles) and junior Katie Crowley (Reading, Mass.) (2-1, singles, 2-1 doubles) their first doubles defeat of the season.
Simmons erased a 3-0 deficit, winning the first three matches in singles play. Crowley was nearly perfect at fifth singles, winning 6-1, 6-0 over Riley, while Cokely improved to 3-0 at second singles with a 6-1, 6-4 decision over Hughes. Downey captured her first singles win of the season at number three with a 7-6 (3), 6-3, victory over Kaiserman.
McCarthy and Sharks' first year Han DK Le (Vietnam/Matignon (Mass.) HS) split the first two sets at number six singles with McCarthy taking the first frame, 7-5, and Le winning the second, 6-3. McCarthy erased a 9-5 deficit in the third set, which was a super tie-breaker and won the final six games to take the set and match at 11-9.
Simmons will be in action again on Saturday, September 6 when it hosts Clark University in dual match played on the campus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology at 12:00 p.m., while the Hawks open the Commonwealth Coast Conference slate with a road match in Beverly, Mass. at Endicott College on September 6 at 1:00 p.m.