October 6, 2018

Husson Claims the 2018 North Atlantic Conference Women's Tennis Title

 

Husson won the 2018 North Atlantic Conference Women's Tennis Title and moved to 10-0 on the season (4-0 NAC).

Husson won all three doubles matches to start the championship. Number 1 Meridith Blessard (Lincoln, Maine) and Ashley Matlock (Caribou, Maine) beat Theresa Pereira (Hopedale, Mass.) and Sara Stanton (Manchester, Mass.) 8-0 while No. 3 Marissa Brown (Lincoln, R.I.) and Jocelyn Bell (Holden, Maine) topped Lesley's Mary Pulling (Witman Hanson, Mass.) and Sarah Tobin (Amesbury, Mass.) 8-2.

The longest match of the day came with No. 2 Natalie Tilton (Lincoln, Maine) and Hannah Malinen (Middletown, Pa.) clawing their way back from a deficit to top Lesley's Maddie Abbott (Portland, Maine) and Jessica Russo (Watertown, Mass.) 8-6 in a match lasting just over an hour. The Lesley duo was up 5-2 early, then Husson closed the gap and took the lead 7-5. Lesley took the next set to bring the score to 7-6 before Husson served for the match win.

Julia O'Leary picked up the first singles win (6-2, 6-1), followed by Blessard who clinched the championship with a 6-1, 6-0 win.

Lesley University (4-8, 3-1) placed Pereira and Russo on the All-Tournament team. Husson's second doubles pair of Bell and Brown were also selected, along with the tournament MVP Meridith Blessard.

Husson will represent the NAC in the 2018-19 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championship Tournament in May.

All-Tournament Team

Meridith Blessard, MVP - Husson
Jocelyn Bell - Husson
Marisa Brown - Husson
Theresa Periera - Lesley
Jessica Russo - Lesley
Faibe Achina - NVU-Lyndon
Mikayla Messier - NVU-Johnson

2018 NAC WOMEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP

Semifinals
Match 1 - No. 2 Lesley 5 vs. No. 3 NVU-Johnson 1 BOX

Match 2 - No. 1 Husson 5 vs. No. 4 NVU-Lyndon 0 BOX

Championship Match
Match 3 - No. 1 Husson 5 vs. No. 2 Lesley 0 BOX