NORTH READING, Mass. – The fourth-seeded Suffolk women's tennis team punched its ticket to the GNAC semifinals Wednesday night with a 5-1 victory over No. 5 St. Joseph (Conn.) at North Reading High School.
SCORE: Suffolk 5, St. Joseph (Conn.) 1
RECORDS: Suffolk (8-6) | St. Joseph (5-7)
HOW IT HAPPENDED
Suffolk took a 2-1 match lead after doubles action as the Rams secured wins on courts two and three to open action, but dropped a super tiebreaker in the top spot.
Delaney Dunlap and Keely Hardy put the blue-and-gold on the board thanks to an 8-1 win over Ashley Savino and Catherine Baum in the second slot. Ahilya Malhoutra and Danlyn Medou teamed up for an 8-3 victory at No. 3 over Dominique Carnot and Emily McAllister, but Isabel Rathlev and Elena Cisneros Garcia could not hold off Lucy Roberge and Leah Nguyen on the first court, falling 9-8(7-3).
Dunlap pushed Suffolk's advantage to 3-1 thanks to a 6-1, 6-0 triumph on the top court over Roberge. From there, Malhoutra took down Baum, 6-0, 6-3, in the fourth position and Medou sealed the victory with a 6-1, 6-2 decision over Carnot on court five.
- Suffolk advances to the semifinals for the fifth consecutive campaign and seventh time overall.
- The Rams remain undefeated versus the Blue Jays since 2007 with their 12 consecutive win over USJ.
Suffolk sets its sights on the GNAC semifinals Saturday, Oct. 21 were it will face off with the tournament's top seed, Johnson & Wales, at Winchester Tennis Courts at 2 p.m.