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PSU Women’s Tennis upends UMass Dartmouth

 NEW BEDFORD, Mass.  - Plymouth State University won its Little East Conference women's tennis opener Saturday afternoon, knocking off the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 6-3, in a match played at New Bedford High School.

            The victory marked the first collegiate win for PSU head coach Barbara Rawlsky-Willett.  The Panthers improve to 1-1 overall, while UMD is now 0-2.

            Junior Rachel Xavier (Meredith, N.H.) and sophomore Erica Huckins (Plymouth, N.H.) each collected two wins apiece for PSU.  Xavier was a winner at No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles with junior Sarah Cole (North Waterboro, Maine), and Huckins captured wins at No. 2 singles and No. 3 doubles with junior Liz Duell (Hope Valley, R.I.).

            The Panthers also got victories from junior Whitney O'Leary (Sagamore Beach, Mass.) at No. 1 singles and sophomore Kiley Boyd (Brattleboro, Vt.) at No. 6 singles.

            PSU plays another road match Wednesday at Bridgewater State (3:30 p.m.) before hosting Salem State next Saturday (1:00 p.m.).

  Plymouth State 6, UMass Dartmouth 3

#1 Whitney O'Leary (PSU) def. Sarah Charwick (UMD), 6-1, 6-4
#2  Erica Huckins (PSU) def. Hannah Chavez (UMD), 6-2, 6-3
#3  Rachel Xavier (PSU) def. Katie Haepers (UMD), 7-5, 6-3
#4  Kristen Spooner (UMD) def. Briley Boisvert (PSU), 6-4, 6-4
#5  Nicole Cross (UMD) def. Sarah Cole (PSU), 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
#6  Kiley Boyd (PSU) def. Jyoti Folch (UMD), 7-6, 5-7, 6-4
#1  Charwick/Chavez (UMD) def. O'Leary/Deyermond (PSU), 9-8
#2  Xavier/Cole (PSU) def. Haepers/Spooner (UMD), 8-5
#3  Huckins/Liz Duell (PSU) def. Cross/Folch (UMD), 8-4