GORHAM, Maine -- Down 2-1 after the three doubles matches, the University of Southern Maine women's tennis team came back to take five of the six singles points to defeat visiting Husson University in a non-conference match Wednesday afternoon at the Costello Sports Complex field house. The match was moved inside due to wet courts at Gorham High School.
The win snapped a three-match losing skid for the Huskies, and improved their overall record to 2-3. The Eagles, short-handed with just five players available, dropped their first match of the season after four consecutive wins.
Husson, coached by former USM men's standout Josh Warren '10, took two doubles points as seniors Sarah Smith (Calais, Maine) and Elizabeth Adley (Rumford, Maine) combined for an 8-4 win at #1, and sophomores Jocelyn Bell (Holden, Maine/John Bapst) and Marissa Brown (Lincoln, R.I.) prevailed 8-3 at #2. USM's lone doubles point came by forfeit at #3.
USM began its comeback picking up a forfeit point at #6 singles, and an 8-0 victory by junior Joanna Scheidegger (Lyss, Switzerland) at #5 to take a 3-2 lead in the match.
The Huskies sophomore Ashley Owens (Penn Yan, N.Y.) and senior Rikki Demoranville (Madawaska, Maine) picked up 8-1 and 8-5 wins respectively over Adley and Brown at #3 and #2 singles to clinch the match. USM's final point came on a hard-fought, 9-7 decision by junior captain Margaret Smith (Farmingdale, Maine/Gardiner Area) over Bell at #4.
Smith capped off her undefeated day for the Eagles with an 8-4 win over junior Courtney Jordan (Portland, Maine/Westbrook) at #1.
Husson is back in action when they travel to Castleton University on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) for a North Atlantic Conference encounter.