October 24, 2013



Providence, R.I.-Junior Chelsea Brown (Wallingford, CT) came back from a loss in the first set (1-6, 6-1, 6-4) at No. 2 singles to snap a 4-4 tie and lead Rhode Island College to a 5-4 win over UMass Dartmouth in the semifinals of the 2013 Little East Conference Women's Tennis Tournament on Thursday afternoon at the RIC Tennis Courts.


The second-seeded Anchorwomen advance to play at top-seeded Bridgewater State in the Championship Match on Saturday afternoon (12 p.m.).


RIC (14-2) also established a new program record for wins in a season, surpassing the previous record of 13, which was held by the 2006, '04 and 1999 editions.



 Junior Chelsea Brown


The Anchorwomen closed out doubles play with a 2-1 lead over the visiting Corsairs (10-4), keyed by the 13th victory of the season for Brown and sophomore Tressa Cannata (Cranston, RI). Brown and Cannata won, 8-3, over senior Elizabeth Cignoli (Springfield, MA) and freshman Rosalie Kimba (Milford, MA) at No. 3 doubles to improve to a perfect 13-0 for the year, while the freshmen tandem of Noelle Tiberi (Smithfield, RI) and Julie Reddy (Greenville, RI) upped their record to 12-4 at No. 2 doubles with an 8-4 win over seniors Angela Pollard (Portsmouth, RI) and Allison Furtado (Fairhaven, MA).


The Corsairs picked up their lone victory in doubles play as senior Nicole Pelletier (Swansea, MA) and junior Hannah Schulze (Chelmsford, MA) knocked off sophomore Sadie Campanella (Chepachet, RI) and freshman Jorgie Martin (Smithfield, RI) at No. 1 doubles, 8-4.


 UMD picked up ground in singles action as Cignoli bested Tiberi at No. 5 (6-4, 6-0) and freshman Katelyn Capone (Abington, MA) defeated Martin at No. 6 (6-3, 6-3). Pollard downed sophomore Cannata (6-2, 6-0) at third singles to round out the visitors win.


Campanella took down Pelletier (6-4, 6-1) at No. 1 singles and Reddy bested Furtado (6-3, 6-3) at No. 4 singles. 


That set up the decisive contest between Brown and Schulze. Schulze won the first set, before the Anchorwoman captain battled back to win the next to and lift RIC to the finals.


The match was much closer than the two club's previous meeting, in which RIC won, 8-1, on Sept. 24.