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Panthers down Salem State in LEC women’s tennis match

SALEM, Mass. - Plymouth State University used solid depth and strength in the lower flights Wednesday afternoon to defeat Salem State College in a Little East Conference women's tennis match. The contest was a make-up from the one rained out last Saturday.

The Panthers, who were without two starters, captured the bottom four singles matches and the lower two doubles matches. PSU has won four in a row to improve to 4-2 overall and 3-0 in the LEC, while Salem State drops to 1-4 overall and 0-3 in conference play.

Senior Sarah Cole (North Waterboro, Maine) and freshman Meghan Rodier (Francestown, N.H./ConVal) were double winners for the Panthers. Cole won at No. 4 singles and teamed with senior Whitney O'Leary (Sagamore Beach, Mass.) for a victory at No. 2 doubles, while Rodier captured her No. 5 singles match and paired with sophomore Briley Boisvert (Goffstown, N.H./Trinity) for a win at No. 3 doubles. Senior Rachel Xavier (Meredith, N.H.) also picked up a singles win at No. 3, and junior Brittany Campbell (Newport, R.I.) recorded her first career singles win at No. 6.

Sophomore Kie Tanaka and junior Aprile Lozzi led the Vikings, winning at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively, and teaming up for the win at No. 1 doubles.

The Panthers return home to host UMass Boston in an LEC match this Saturday at the P.E. Center Courts (12:30 p.m.). Salem State is home again Saturday in a conference match against Western Connecticut (1:00 p.m.) Plymouth State 6, Salem State 3

#1 Kie Tanaka (SSC) def. Whitney O'Leary (PSU), 6-2, 6-2
#2 Aprile Lozzi (SSC) def. Jill Deyermond (PSU), 6-4, 6-3
#3 Rachel Xavier (PSU) def. Becky Pydynkowski (SSC), 6-0, 7-6 (9-7)
#4 Sarah Cole (PSU) def. Alyssa Beaton (SSC), 6-3, 6-2
#5 Meghan Rodier (PSU) def. Angela Palma (SSC), 6-1, 6-0
#6 Brittany Campbell (PSU) def. Sara Paunovic (SSC), 6-2, 6-1
#1 Tanaka/Lozzi (SSC) def. Deyermond/Xavier (PSU), 9-8 (7-2)
#2 O'Leary/Cole (PSU) def. Pydynkowski/Beaton (SSC), 8-2
#3 Rodier/Briley Boisvert (PSU) def. Palma/Janelle Suckley (SSC), 8-4

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