DANBURY, CT - Graduate student Carole Allers (Wilton, CT) and Sarah Silva (Brookfield, CT) captured wins at second and fifth singles, respectively, but the Western Connecticut State University women's tennis team dropped its season opener to Bard College, 7-2 at Westside Courts on Friday afternoon.
After falling behind, 3-0 after doubles, the Colonials, now 0-1, battled back to captured a pair of singles matches.
First, Allers defeated Katri Shields in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3 at second solos.
Moments laters, Silva, a freshman out of nearby Brookfield High School, playing in her first collegiate singles' match, coasted to a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Duhita Das at fifth-flight singles.
Earlier in the match, newcomers Ariana Ragoo (Danbury, CT) and Natalie Paradise (Naugatuck, CT) pushed their third-flight doubles match to a tie-breaker, but eventually fell to Das and Tori Bowen, 8-7 (10-6).
"It was encouraging to see how our three freshmen (Silva, Ragoo and Paradise) played today," said WestConn head coach Shawn Stillman. "Carole (Allers) and Emma (Chapman) are always going to be strong for us, but their leadership is obviously going to be very beneficial for our newcomers."
The Raptors improve to 3-0 on the young season.
WestConn travels to UMass Boston to open its Little East Conference slate on Saturday. Match time between the Colonials and Beacons is set for 1 pm in Beantown.