Providence, R.I. - September 26, 2017 - The Springfield College women's tennis team dropped its first match of the season as it was bested by Johnson & Wales University, 6-3, on Tuesday afternoon at Providence College.
The loss marks Springfield's first setback since October 15, 2016 when it was defeated by Babson in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship Quarterfinals. The Pride had strung together six-straight wins dating back to last season.
The Pride's top doubles team of Cara Freadman (Richmond, Mass.) and Emily Etter (Guilford, Conn.) got things started for the visitors with an 8-4 victory, before the Wildcats took the other two doubles points, including a 9-8 (7-5) win at No. 3 doubles.
JWU was able to carry that momentum into singles play, and despite a 7-5, 6-1 win by Freadman at No. 1 singles and a 7-6 (2), 4-6, 1-0 (4) victory at No. 3 by Rachel Litchfield (Northbridge, Mass.), Springfield suffered the non-conference setback. Addie Kendall (Lakeville, Mass.) battled hard the No. 4 spot but was ultimatley edged, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.
Springfield will next see action when it competes in the NEWITT's at Smith College starting on October 13.