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Panthers tied for third after first day of Little East Women’s Tennis Tournament

            PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Plymouth State University is tied for third place after the first day of competition at the 2007 Little East Conference Women's Tennis Championships, hosted by Rhode Island College.

            The Panthers, along with the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Western Connecticut State University, have six points in the eight-team tourney.  Bridgewater State College leads the event with 12 points, with Rhode Island College in second with 10.5  UMass Boston (5.5 points), Salem State College (4.5) and the University of Southern Maine (0.5) round out the team scoring.

            The No. 2 and No. 3 doubles flight champions were determined and opening round action of the six singles flights were completed.  The semifinals and finals, as well as consolation action, of the six singles flights will begin Sunday at 8:45 a.m.

            All three PSU doubles tandems suffered different outcomes.  The top team, junior Meghan Rodier (Francestown, N.H.) and senior Briley Boisvert (Goffstown, N.H.), seeded #5, were first-round casualties at No. 1 doubles, but rebounded to win a pair of consolation matches.  The No. 2 Panther duo, senior Jill Deyermond (Atkinson, N.H.) and freshman Buffy Garland (Freedom, N.H.), seeded #2, won their quarterfinal match but were defeated in the semifinals, and the No. 3 team, sophomores Amanda Arponen (Plymouth, Mass.) and Denise Huckins (Holderness, N.H.), seeded #5, rebounded from a first-round loss to win a consolation match before dropping the consolation final.

            Three Panthers are still alive and contending for an LEC singles titles with a first-round victory on Saturday - Rodier at No. 2, Arponen at No. 4, and Huckins at No. 6.  Deyermond at No. 1, Boisvert at No. 3 and Garland at No. 5 all suffered first-round setbacks.

            PSU won the LEC Tournament title in 2004 and 2006, and finished runner-up in 2005.

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