LONGMEADOW, Mass. - Second seed Bay Path College defeated #3 Lesley University today in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's tennis semi-final action. The Wildcats won 5-4 over the Lynx. Bay Path will travel to the top seed Regis College Saturday to vie for the title with a 1:00 p.m. start time.
The Wildcats took two of the three doubles and then proceeded to grab the next three points in singles action to win the match with 3 matches still on the courts playing.
First to finish in #3 doubles action was sophomores Brittany Walsh (North Smithfield, R.I.) and Taylor Wood (Castleton, N.Y.) who easily defeated the Lynx tandem of sophomore Kelly Watt (Babylon, N.Y) and freshman Kaitlin Parthum (Hardwick, Mass.) 8-1. Next to finish was the # 1 doubles of Wildcats' senior Symone Watson (Hamden, Conn.) and junior Stephanie Morin (Springfield, Mass.) who overtook sophomore Victoria Bunker (Auburn, M.E.) and freshman Frances De Leon (Murrieta, Calif.) 8-5.
In the final doubles action, # 2 Lesley's tandem of juniors Emma True (Lee, N.H.) and Molly Phelps (Durham, N.H.) defeated senior Teanna Montoya (Edgartown, Mass.) and junior Abigail Janneke (Waterbury, Conn.) 8-5.
#1Watson finished off junior Carissa Iverson (St. Johnsbury, Vt.) to 6-0, 6-1 in singles. Despite the doubles loss, Janneke produced a point for the Wildcats in singles action taking the #6 singles 6-1, 6-0 over junior Meghann Toomajian (Nahant, Mass.). #3 singles Walsh secured the match point by defeating De Leon 6-2, 6-2..
#5 True defeated Taylor Wood 7-5, 3-6, 10-1 to gain a point for the Lynx. Next up to score a point was #4 Bunker winning 5-7, 6-2, 10-5 over Montoya to secure a 3rd point . #2 Grace Ciampa (Tewksbury, Mass.) bested Morin 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 to finish the scoring.
Lesley finishes the season at 5-8 while Bay Path advances to 10-4 overall. This sets up a rematch of the 2012 NECC Championships won by Regis College 5-4.