October 20, 2016



Providence, R.I.—Junior Dayna Reilly (Swansea, MA) and senior Julie Reddy (Smithfield, RI) led the second-seeded Rhode Island College women’s tennis team to the finals of the 2016 Little East Conference Championship by defeating third-seeded UMass Dartmouth, 5-0, in the semifinals of the league tournament at the RIC Courts on Thursday afternoon. 


This marks the second time in three years that RIC has advanced to the Little East Conference Championship title contest. The Anchorwomen will travel to top-seeded Bridgewater State on Saturday, Oct. 22 (1 p.m.) for the Championship Match. The Bears downed fifth-seeded Worcester State, 5-2, in the other semifinal match this afternoon.


The Anchorwomen will be looking for their first LEC Tournament Championship since 2005. The winner of the matchup will earn the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Div. III National Championship in May of 2017.



 Junior Dayna Reilly


RIC (13-1), the 2016 Little East Conference Regular Season Co-Champions, jumped out to the early 3-0 advantage after taking all three of the doubles matches.


The Anchorwomen’s No. 1 pair of Reilly and Reddy  posted an 8-4 victory over UMass Dartmouth (10-5) sophomore Jenna Lahaie (Lakeville, MA) and senior Jillian Reichert (Marion, MA)


The Anchorwomen’s No. 2 doubles team of sophomore Katherine Braganca (Pawtucket, RI) and junior Isabella Romeo (Greenville, RI) notched an 8-6 win over UMD’s Molly McCaffrey (Taunton, MA) and freshman Jaime Fastino (Rehoboth, MA). RIC also took a victory at the No. 3 doubles spot when junior Laura Nastasi (Smithville, NJ) and senior Jorgie Martin (Greenville, RI) picked up an 8-3 win over junior Samantha Rollings (Tiverton, RI) and junior Natasha Shiku (North Grafton, MA).


Reddy posted a (6-0, 6-1) win over McCaffrey at No. 2 singles for her second win of the afternoon.  Reilly clinched the win with her second victory of the day with a (6-1, 6-1) win against Lahaie at No. 1 singles.


Nastasi, Braganca, Martin and Romeo each won their first set for the hosts before the match was then stopped as the Anchorwomen had the five necessary points to the secure the victory.