Top-seeded Rhode Island College defeated fifth-seeded Worcester State, 5-1, in semifinal action of the 2017 Little East Conference Women's Tennis Championship played at the RIC Tennis Center on Thursday afternoon to advance to the league title contest.
Rhode Island College 5, Worcester State 1
Rhode Island College (15-0)
Worcester State (9-6)
HOW IT HAPPENED
• RIC opened doubles play with an 8-1 victory at No. 1 doubles as senior Dayna Reilly (Swansea, MA) and freshman Laurel Ten Eyck (Warwick, RI) defeated WSU junior Nathalie Khafaga (Auburn, MA) and freshman Dominique Alves (Ludlow, MA).
• WSU senior Alexis Silk (Greenfield, MA) and freshman Emma Collings (Marion, MA) secured an 8-4 win over RIC junior Katherine Braganca (Pawtucket, RI) and freshman Emily Orticerio (Smithfield, RI).
• RIC freshmen Grace Zangari (Saunderstown, RI) and Victoria Vittori (New Bedford, MA) defeated Lancer senior Rachel Green (Worcester, MA) and freshman Marisa Lombardi (Ludlow, MA), 8-3.
• The Anchorwomen clinched the match with three quick wins in singles action. Reilly downed sophomore Lauren Taylor (Attleboro, MA) in straight sets (6-0, 6-0) at No. 1 singles and Ten Eyck downed freshman Monika Mularski (Auburn, MA) (6-1, 6-1).
• Zangari clinched the win with a (6-2, 2-6, 6-0) victory over Khafaga at No. 2 singles.
• Rhode Island College established a new program record with 15 wins in a season.
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host third-seeded Bridgewater State on Saturday, Oct. 21. It will be a rematch of the 2016 Championship contest, which the Bears won, 5-4. RIC defeated BSU, 6-3, on Oct. 10.