Providence, RI.--Senior Katherine Braganca (Pawtucket, RI) played in her final regular season home game and picked up a pair of wins as the Rhode Island College women's tennis team captured their fourth straight Little East Conference Regular Season Championship with an 8-1 victory against Southern Maine at the RIC Tennis Center on Saturday afternoon.
RIC is now the No. 1 seed for the upcoming LEC Championship and will host the Final Four of the conference tournament on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20.
Rhode Island College 8, Southern Maine 1
RIC (14-0, 8-0 LEC)
USM (6-6, 4-5 LEC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Braganca and sophomore Laurel Ten Eyck (Warwick, RI) started off the day with an 8-1 win at No. 1 doubles against the Southern Maine team of juniors Denae Walton (Plymouth, MN) and Samantha Harden (Turner, ME).
• RIC sophomores Serena Bobola (Cranston, RI) and Emily Orticerio (Smithfield, RI) defeated USM sophomore Elise Harvey (Newton Abbot, UK) and senior Margaret Smith (Farmingdale, ME) by a score of 8-1 to give the Anchorwomen a 2-0 advantage in the match.
• The Anchorwomen's team of sophomores Grace Zangari (Saunderstown, RI) and Hailey Raskob (North Smithfield, RI) earned an 8-2 win against the Huskies duo of senior Courtney Jordan (Portland, ME) and junior Ashley Owens (Penn Yan, NY) at No. 2 doubles to give RIC the clean sweep of doubles action.
• RIC junior Julie Marciniak (South Kingstown, RI) defeated Smith (6-1, 6-0) at the No. 6 singles singles spot to extend the lead to 4-0.
• Zangari then clinched the match for RIC when she posted a (6-0, 6-0) win over Walton at the No. 1 spot to make the score 5-0.
• Raskob posted a (6-0, 6-1) win over Harvey at No. 5 to put the Anchorwomen up, 6-0, in the match.
• Braganca picked her second win of the day at No. 4 singles where she recorded a (6-1, 6-1) win against Owens.
• Bobola notched her second victory of the afternoon with a (6-1, 6-2) win against Jordan to put RIC up 8-0 in the match.
• Harden gave Southern Maine their only point of the afternoon when she defeated RIC sophomore Victoria Vittori (New Bedford, MA) (6-4, 6-4) to make the score 8-1
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will wrap up the regular season at Worcester State on Sunday, Oct. 14 (5 p.m.). The match will be played at Wachusett High School