WESTON, Mass. - Jessie Lord (Fall River, Mass.) and Emily Rice (Pittsfield, Mass.) won at both singles and doubles and Katasha Jarvis (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.) rallied for the match-clinching win at third singles to lift the Regis women's tennis team to its fifth straight New England Collegiate Conference title with a 6-3 win over Lesley Sunday at the Regis Tennis Center.
Following the match, Jarvis was named the tournament's most valuable player with Lord and Carly Scanlon (Canton, Mass.) also receiving all-tournament honors.
The finishes went back and forth as the Pride (10-1) held a 4-3 lead with the two and three court matches in progress. The title looked in doubt as both Lord on the two court and Jarvis at the three dropped their first set. Both players would rally with Jarvis' topping Carlyn Barker (Temecula, Calif.) 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 to clinch the title. Lord would complete her rally and topped Maddie Abbott (Portland, Maine) 2-6, 6-0, 7-5.
The match began with Regis winning two of the three doubles contests. Rice and Erica Murphy (Portsmouth, N.H.) finished first with an 8-1 win over the Lynx pair of Jessica Russo (Watertown, Mass.) and Courtney Goggin (Cheshire, Conn.). Lesley (8-5) evened the match with a win on the two court but Lord and Ariana McCormack (Worcester, Mass.) topped Caroline Kiddie (Scituate, Mass.) and Theresa Pereira (Hopedale, Mass.), 8-3.
Kiddie evened the match with a 6-0, 6-0 defeat of Murphy at first singles but Rice regained the lead for the Pride with a 7-5, 6-0 over Frances De Leon (Murrieta, Calif.). Scanlon won at the four to put Regis up two points but Russo topped Sara Kanarkiewicz (Peabody, Mass.) to keep Lesley in the match. That would be the final point the Lynx would earn as Jarvis clinched the win.