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PSU finishes tied for fourth at LEC Women’s Tennis Tournament

            PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Plymouth State University women's tennis team finished in a tie for fourth place Sunday afternoon at the 2007 Little East Conference Women's Tennis Championships, hosted by Rhode Island College.

            The Panthers, who won the tournament in 2004 and 2006, finished with 8.5 points, the same as Western Connecticut State University.  Bridgewater State College recorded 20 points to capture its first LEC Championship, while Rhode Island College was runner-up with 16 points and UMass Dartmouth finished third with nine points, just a half point ahead of PSU and WCSU.  Salem State College (7.5), UMass Boston (6.5) and the University of Southern Maine (0.5) rounded out the scoring.

            "Everyone played fairly well, and everyone contributed points for the team," said PSU head coach Barbara Rawlsky-Willett.  "All six singles and all three doubles scored, which is good. The competition level has really increased a great deal in the LEC this year.  There are freshmen playing at No. 1, so the playing level in this conference has improved quite a bit."

            Junior Meghan Rodier (Francestown, N.H.) had the top singles performance for the Panthers. The No. 2 seed at #2 singles, Rodier defeated her first two opponents before falling in the title match.  She completes the season with a 10-5 record and improves her career mark to 32-13.

            Senior Jill Deyermond (Atkinson, N.H.) wrapped up a solid career as PSU's No. 1 player the past two seasons.  The No. 5 seed, she rebounded from a first-round loss with a consolation round win, but dropped the consolation final.  Deyermond finishes the season with a 9-9 singles record, and completes her career with a 31-29 mark.

            Senior Briley Boisvert (Goffstown, N.H.), the No. 5 seed at #3 singles, came back from a first-round setback to win a consolation round match before falling in the consolation final.  She concludes the season with an 8-10 singles mark, and finishes her career with a 18-17 record.

            Rodier and Boisvert also teamed up as the No. 5 seed at #1 doubles, where they rebounded from a first-round loss to win two straight to capture the consolation bracket.

            "Those three - Jill, Meghan and Briley -- played well and led the team well," said Rawlsky-Willett.  "They had the tournament experience coming into the weekend, so they knew what to expect.  The other three did well for their first LEC Tournament experience."

            Sophomores Amanda Arponen (Plymouth, Mass.) and Denise Huckins (Holderness, N.H.) won their opening-round singles matches at #4 and #6 respectively, but were eliminated with semifinal losses.  Freshman Buffy Garland (Freedom, N.H.) dropped her opening match, but came back with a pair of wins to claim the consolation bracket.

            Deyermond and Garland won their first match at #2 doubles but were knocked out in the semifinals, while Arponen and Huckins won a consolation round match at #3 doubles before falling in the consolation final.

            The Panthers finished with a 4-8 record in dual matches this fall, and tied for fourth place in the LEC with a 3-4 mark in conference matches.

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