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September 5, 2003

PSU Women’s Tennis falls in opener

NORTON, Mass. -- The Plymouth State University women's tennis team was handed a 9-0 defeat by Wheaton College Friday at the Clark Tennis Courts. The match marked the season opener for both squads.

Wheaton began the match by sweeping doubles play, led by freshmen Ashley Kriwinksy (Munson, OH) and Darby McDermott (Briarcliff, NY) at first doubles. Kriwinsky and McDermott earned their first collegiate victories with an 8-1 triumph over sophomores Whitney O'Leary (Sagamore Beach, MA) and Jessie Leone (Cataumet, MA).

Sophomore Mia Mathias (Boxford, MA) sided with first-year Jamie Weiss (Chicago, IL) for an 8- 2 victory at second doubles, while junior co-captain Caitlin Amaral (Glocester, RI) and classmate Whitney Sirois (Presque Isle, ME) combined for an 8-5 win at third doubles.

In singles play, Wheaton's top of the lineup won in convincing fashion. Kriwinsky defeated O'Leary, 6-0, 6-0 at the top spot, while Weiss and junior co-captain Maris Madeira (Southwest Harbor, ME) defeated their opponents 6-0, 6-1 at the second and third slots. Mathias needed a tiebreaker in the first set to complete her straight-set win against Panther senior co-captain Katie Olsen (Reading, MA), while McDermott and senior Emily Dana (Hamilton, MA) completed the sweep with straight-set wins in the fifth and sixth positions.

The Panthers, 0-1, return to Plymouth for their next match, the home opener next Thursday (Sept. 11) at the P.E. Center Courts against Colby-Sawyer College (3:30 p.m.).

(Courtesy Wheaton Sports Information)

Wheaton 9, Plymouth State 0

Singles

#1 Ashley Kriwinsky (W) def. Whitney O'Leary (PSU), 6-0, 6-0

#2 Jamie Weiss (W) def. Jessie Leone (PSU), 6-0, 6-1

#3 Maris Madeira (W) def. Megan Sowers (PSU), 6-0, 6-1

#4 Mia Mathias (W) def. Katie Olsen (PSU), 7-6, 6-1

#5 Darby McDermott (W) def. Cally Thorup (PSU), 6-0, 6-1

#6 Emily Dana (W) def. Rachel Xavier (PSU), 6-3, 6-4

Doubles

#1 Kriwinsky/ McDermott (W) def. O'Leary/Leone (PSU), 8-1

#2 Weiss/Mathias (W) def. Olsen/Lindsay Coletti (PSU), 8-2

#3 Caitlin Amaral/Whitney Sirois (W) def. Thorup/Liz Duell (PSU), 8-5

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