NEWTON, Mass. -- Sophomore Jenna Jarman (Auburn, N.Y.) earned her third singles victory of the season, but the Mount Ida College women's tennis team couldn't overcome visiting Lesley University, who handed them an 8-1 defeat in their home opener, a non-conference affair on Friday afternoon at Mount Ida Courts.
Jarman defeated Theresa Pereira (Hopedale, Mass.) 6-4, 6-1 at the second singles spot to earn the only point of the day for the Mustangs.
She and Rebecca Levy (Plymouth, Mass.) nearly fought themselves out of a 7-1 hole at first singles, but eventually fell to Pereira and Caroline Kiddie (Scituate, Mass.) by an 8-6 margin.
Kidde was victorious at first singles over Levy 6-2, 6-2, and Lesley took an 8-3 win at second doubles by Frances De Leon (Murrieta, Calif.) and Jessica Russo (Watertown, Mass.) over Katlyn Jesse (Marshfield, Mass.) and Amanda Garner (Coventry, R.I.) to set them on their way.
De Leon topped Jesse 6-0, 6-2 at third singles, and Russo blanked Garner at the #4 spot.
Yuliana Chairez (Waltham, Mass.) took four games off of freshman Sara Stanton (Manchester, Mass.) at the number five spot.
Mount Ida had just five players available, so the Lynx claimed forfeit victories at third doubles and sixth singles.
The Mustangs (0-4) will be back on their home court tomorrow afternoon when they host Johnson & Wales at 12 pm in their first Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) match of the year.
Lesley (2-1) heads to UMass Dartmouth on Monday for a 4:00 pm non-conference match, their final tune-up before starting New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) play.