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Panthers now 5-0 after edging USM

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The Plymouth State College women's tennis team remained undefeated on the season Wednesday with a 5-4 Little East Conference victory over the University of Southern Maine at the P.E. Center Courts.

The Panthers improve to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in LEC matches. Southern Maine drops to 1-5 overall and 0-2 in conference play. PSC swept the three doubles encounters and then held on for the win as USM took four of the six singles matches.

Senior Jamie Hazard (Foster, R.I.) and freshman Whitney O'Leary (Sagamore Beach, Mass.) led the Panthers with two wins apiece. Hazard kept her perfect season intact, winning at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles with junior Katie Olsen (Reading, Mass.) to improve to 5-0 in both singles and doubles. O'Leary won her match at No. 3 singles to improve to 3-0 on the season, and paired up with freshman Jessie Leone (Cataumet, Mass.) to win at No. 2 doubles.

The other Panther winners were freshmen Megan Sowers (Londonderry, N.H.) and Rachel Xavier (Meredith, N.H.) at No. 3 doubles.

Southern Maine's individual winners included freshman Katie Welch (Calais, Maine) at No. 2 singles, senior Sarah McLean (Portsmouth, R.I.) at No. 4, freshman Lauren Fippinger (Burlington, Conn.) at No. 5, and sophomore Megan Allyn (Cumberland, Maine) at No. 6.

The Panthers are back in action Saturday (Sept. 28) with another LEC match at UMass Boston (1:00 p.m.). USM returns home to host Western Connecticut Saturday in an LEC match at Gorham High School (12:00 p.m.).