- The Plymouth State University women's tennis team swept all six singles matches Thursday afternoon and went on to post an 8-1 victory over Endicott College in a non-conference match at the P.E. Center Courts.
The Panthers took a 2-1 lead after the three doubles matches, then put the victory away with a sweep in singles. PSU won its second in a row to improve to 4-3 overall, while Endicott fell to 3-3.
PSU's top two players, junior Whitney O'Leary (Sagamore Beach, Mass.) and sophomore Erica Huckins (Plymouth, N.H.), each won two matches, including a tiebreaker decision together at #1 doubles. O'Leary also won a 10-point tiebreaker to capture the verdict at #1 singles and Huckins was a straight-set winner at #2 singles.
Freshman Jill Deyermond (Atkinson, N.H.) and junior Rachel Xavier (Meredith, N.H.) also won two matches apiece for PSU. They teamed up to capture an easy victory at #2 doubles, and followed with straight set wins at #3 and #4 singles, respectively. Juniors Sarah Cole (North Waterboro, Maine) and Liz Duell (Hope Valley, R.I.) also picked up singles wins for PSU at #5 and #6, respectively.
Endicott's only win came at #3 doubles, where senior Eulalia Zukas (South Portland, Maine) and junior Jessica Kalafatis (Littleton, Mass.) captured the victory in a tiebreaker.
PSU plays two more home matches this week - defending Little East Conference champion Rhode Island College on Friday (3:30 p.m.) and Castleton State on Sunday (1:00 p.m.). Endicott plays another road match Saturday at Wentworth (12:00 p.m.).
Plymouth State 8, Endicott 1
#1 Whitney O'Leary (PSU) def. Carli Conners (EC), 4-6, 6-2, (10-5)
#2 Erica Huckins (PSU) def. Stephanie Branch (EC), 6-2, 6-3
#3 Jill Deyermond (PSU) def. Nicole Leveille (EC), 7-6 (7-1), 6-4
#4 Rachel Xavier (PSU) def. Bridget Paulson (EC), 6-4, 6-4
#5 Sarah Cole (PSU) def. Eulalia Zukas (EC), 6-1, 6-1
#6 Liz Duell (PSU) def. Jessica Kalafatis (EC), 6-2, 6-0
#1 O'Leary/Huckins (PSU) def. Conners/Leveille (EC), 9-8 (7-4)
#2 Xavier/Deyermond (PSU) def. Branch/Paulson (EC), 8-2
#3 Zukas/Kalafatis (EC) def. Duell/Ashley Gorman (PSU), 9-8 (7-2)