MILTON, Mass. -- Anastasia Startseva opened up her Salem State career with wins at first singles and doubles to propel Salem State to an 8-1 victory over Curry in the season opener at the Big Nine Tennis Courts. The Vikings are now 1-0 while the Colonels fall to 0-2.
Salem State began the match by sweeping doubles play. The first doubles tandem of Anastasia Startseva and Caroline Robitalle (South Hadley, Mass.) topped Hannah Faghan (Whitman, Mass.) and Alison Daigle (Edgartown, Mass.), 8-1. Madeline Allaire (Columbus, Ohio) and Meredith MacDonald (Lynn, Mass.) got by Sidara Cash-Sortwell (South Portland, Maine) and Rosario Robidoux (Agawam, Mass.) at second doubles, 8-2. Kristin Klimowicz (Ipswich, Mass.) and Hannah Dahrouge (South Hadley, Mass.) defeated Kelsie Merrill(Hope, Maine) and Samantha Gilbert (Bedford, Mass.) at third doubles, 8-3.
The Vikings were able to capture four of the six singles matches in straight sets. Startseva defeated Faghan, 6-0, 6-0 at first singles while Allaire beat Alison Daigle 6-1, 6-0 at second singles. Cash-Sortwell was able to salvage a point for Curry at number three singles, topping MacDonald in three sets. After dropping the first set 6-4, Cash-Sortwell responded to win the second set 7-5 and then won a third set tiebreak, 10-4.
The Colonels will next play at UMass.-Dartmouth on Monday, September 10 at 3:30 p.m. Salem State will travel to Eastern Nazarene for a match on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.