Woburn, Mass. - Husson University swept opponents in both the semifinal and final rounds of the 2019 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) East Division Women's Tennis tournament to claim their second consecutive championship title. The tournament took place at the Woburn Racquet Club in Woburn, Mass., and all matches were played to decision. The Eagles advance to the spring crossover championship with the West Division winners.
The NAC has partnered with the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) in the sport of women's tennis several times since 2010. This season, NEAC institutions are competing as associate members of the NAC, with the conferences divided into East (NAC) and West (NEAC) Divisions. Each division holds a fall championship, and the two divisional champs will compete this spring to determine the NAC Conference Champion and a berth to the 2020 NCAA Women's Tennis Championship in May. Husson University will represent the NAC East in May, 2020.
Championship Final Recap: #1 Husson 5 - #2 Lesley 0
Husson got out to a quick and commanding lead, winning all three doubles matches. Eagles #2 doubles pair Ashley Matlock and Nicci Munroe defeated Lesley's Mary Pulling and Annie Dai, 8-2, in the first match to conclude.
No. 3 doubles partners Marisa Brown and Jocelyn Bell defeated Lesley's third doubles team Summer Lamprey and Morgan Anderson, 8-6, in a tight matchup. The #1 doubles pair Hannah Malinen and Natalie Tilton defeated Lynx first doubles pair Maddie Abbott and Grace Jovanovich, also by a close 8-6 margin.
With a 3-0 lead heading into singles, Husson needed only two individual wins to clinch the victory.
Husson #2 Natalie Tilton defeated Lesley's Morgan Anderson without dropping a game (6-0, 6-0) to move the score to 4-0. Eagles #6 player Jocelyn Bell clinched the win for the second time in the tournament, defeating Jocelyn Martinez 6-0, 6-1.
All four additional singles matches were tilted toward Husson at the time of decision.
Husson moves to 10-1 on the season while Lesley falls to 7-7.
Natalie Tilton, Husson - MVP
Marisa Brown, Husson
Jocelyn Bell, Husson
Lesley Abbott, Lesley
Grace Jovanovich, Lesley
Alyssa Keegan, MCLA
Erica Hayakawa, NVU-Lyndon
Semifinal 1 Recap: #2 Lesley 5 - #3 MCLA 1
In a reversal from the regular season matchup, Lesley took a 2-1 lead against MCLA after doubles competition. Lesley's third doubles team Summer Lamprey and Morgan Anderson picked up the first win, 8-0, over MCLA partners McKenna Clark and Sam Schwanter. Number two doubles went to MCLA, with Jessica DuPont and Alyssa Keegan earning the win over Mary Pulling and Annie Dai by a score of 8-3. Lynx first doubles pair Maddie Abbott and Grace Jovanovich defeated MCLA top pair Bri Higgins and Mackenna Jordan, 8-3.
The #6 singles match concluded first, with Lesley's Jocelyn Martinez defeating Sam Schwanter by a score of 6-1, 6-0, to put the Lynx on top 4-1 overall.
Lesley's #1 Maddie Abbot won the next singles match of the semifinal, 6-0, 6-1 over MCLA's #1 Jessica DuPont.
The Co-Rookies of the Year faced-off at #4 singles. Lesley's Summer Lamprey earned the 6-2, 6-3 win to clinch the match for Lesley, 5-1, over Trailblazer McKenna Clark.
MCLA concludes their season 6-5, while Lesley moves to 7-6 and a spot in the championship final this afternoon.
Semifinal 2 Recap: #1 Husson 5 - #4 NVU-Lyndon 0
Husson jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead at the conclusion of doubles play. Eagles #2 doubles pair Ashley Matlock and Nicci Munroe defeated Oo Mai Be and Erika Hayakawa, 8-0. No. 3 doubles partners Marisa Brown and Jocelyn Bell defeated Ro Ze Yar and Hayley DeMars, 8-0. The #1 doubles pair Hannah Malinen and Natalie Tilton defeated the Hornets top pair, Emilie Dube and Savannah Jackson, 8-1, to take a big lead into the singles portion of the match.
The first singles match to conclude was at the #6 position. Husson's Jocelyn Bell defeated Hayley DeMars, 6-0, 6-0.
Player of the Year Ashley Matlock clinched the semifinal win for the Eagles with a 6-1, 6-0 win against NVU-Lyndon's #1 Emilie Dube.
The Hornets conclude their season at 3-9 while the Eagles move to 9-1 and advance to the championship match.