Jumbo Women's Tennis Edges Trinity for Key NESCAC Win, 5-4

Jacqueline Baum's win at #5 singles locked up the team victory

MEDFORD - After taking two of three in doubles, Tufts University dominated the bottom three single spots to land  an important 5-4 NESCAC victory against Trinity College Saturday at Voute Courts.

With the win, #18 in the nation Tufts improves to 8-7 overall and 4-3 in the league. Trinity, #15 in the most recent rankings, drops to 8-6 and 2-4 NESCAC.

The Jumbos started strong with an 8-1 win in #2 doubles by Alexa Meltzer and Samantha Gann. Trinity evened the team score at 1-1 as Morgan Feldman and Melita Ferjanic won 8-2 at the top doubles spot.

The decisive third doubles match went extra and Tufts scored the valualbe point with a 9-7 victory by Conner Calabro and Chelsea Hayashi. That gave the Jumbos a 2-1 lead heading into singles.

Shelci Bowman was first off the court for the Jumbos at #4 with a shutout win (6-0, 6-0). Rebecca Kimmel was nearly as fast, winning 6-1, 6-1 on the sixth court to pull the Jumbos within one point of the team victory.

In #2 singles, Trinity's Feldman kept the Bantams alive with a 6-3, 6-3 victory. However, Jacqueline Baum clinched it for Tufts with a 6-2, 6-1 win in the #5 singles spot which gave Tufts a 5-2 lead.

Trinity closed out play with wins by Senzo Maphisa at #3 and by Ferjanic at #1, but the Jumbos had gained the advantage between the two teams vying for one of the six spots in the upcoming conference championship tournament.

This was just the first match of a busy day for Tufts. They play Bates (7-6, 2-2) at home in a 4 pm start.