DANBURY, CT – After upending Purchase College yesterday, the Western Connecticut State University women's tennis team got right back to work, downing visiting Little East Conference foe Salem State University, 6-3, on Saturday afternoon at Westside Courts. With the win, the Colonial improved to 5-3 overall and 3-1 in league play.
The Colonials' duo of Graduate Carole Allers (Wilton, CT) and senior Emma Chapman (Danbury, CT) trailed their doubles match, 6-3. However, they rebounded to even it up at 6-6. Down 7-6, they responded yet again to deadlock the score at 7-7 before winning the tiebreaker, 7-4, in a breathtaking match. Despite that key victory, the hosts trailed 2-1 after doubles.
Senior Pooja Dudhedia (Brookfield, CT) ignited the WestConn rally in singles play with a shutout win. Moments later, Allers added a 6-4, 6-2 victory. Shortly thereafter, senior Lianne Maynard (Milford, CT) and rookie Sarah Silva (Brookfield, CT) notched singles victories for the Colonials en route to cementing the match.
"This was a great win for our team. The lower half of the lineup accounted for 4 of our wins. They really stepped up, I'm very proud of them," stated WestConn head coach Shawn Stillman following play.
The Colonials will look to keep rolling when they host non-conference foe John Jay on Monday at 3:30 p.m.