PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Defending Little East Conference champion Rhode Island College took control of the 2006 LEC women's tennis regular season race Saturday afternoon, breezing to an 8-1 victory over Plymouth State University on Senior Day at the P.E. Center Courts.
The two schools came into the match tied for first in the LEC, both at 5-0 in conference play. The Anchorwomen went ahead by winning two of the three doubles encounters, and then made a statement with victories in all six singles matches. RIC captured its 11th straight win to improve to 11-1 overall, while PSU had its six-match winning streak stopped and dropped to 6-3 overall.
Sophomore Meg Funk (Oakdale, Conn.) and junior Sasha Doonan (Pawtucket, R.I.) led the Anchorwomen with two key wins each. They teamed up for an 8-3 victory at No. 1 doubles, and captured straight-set wins at Nos. 1 and 2 singles, respectively. Junior Kseniya Gurvich (Barrington, R.I.) and freshman Julie Bannon (Narragansett, R.I.) were also double winners for RIC, together at No. 3 doubles and at Nos. 4 and 6 singles, respectively.
Other winners for the Anchorwomen were senior Tara Marchant (North Scituate, R.I.) at No. 3 singles and freshman Jackie Eastman (Mansfield, Mass.) at No. 5 singles.
Plymouth State's only victory came at No. 2 doubles by the tandem of sophomore Meghan Rodier (Francestown, N.H.) and junior Joan Kietzman (Plymouth, N.H.), who improved their season record to 6-3.
PSU wraps up the regular season with two road matches this week - Tuesday in a non-conference encounter at Lyndon State and Saturday in the LEC finale at Western Connecticut. RIC plays its final road dual match Wednesday at Suffolk before the home finale Saturday vs. UMass Dartmouth. Rhode Island College 8, Plymouth State 1
#1 Meg Funk (RIC) def. Jill Deyermond (PSU), 6-1, 6-3
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