NEW LONDON, N.H. - Plymouth State University finished second out of three schools Saturday and Sunday at the season-opening Colby-Sawyer College Women's Tennis Shootout.
The host Chargers finished first in the team standings, scoring 51 points. PSU was second with 25 points, and Castleton State College was third with 13 points.
The tournament consisted of two singles brackets and two doubles brackets. Senior Meghan Rodier (Francestown, N.H./ConVal) was the top Panther in the ‘A' singles bracket, advancing to the semifinals, while freshman Laura Donovan (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxborough) won her first match before being knocked out in the quarterfinals of the ‘A' bracket.
PSU freshman Lydia Smith (Marblehead, Mass.) received a first-round bye and then won three straight matches to capture in the ‘B' singles bracket. She won the final with a 7-5, 6-2 decision over Colby-Sawyer freshman Siobhan Masse (Southbridge, Mass.)
Rodier and Donovan teamed up for PSU to win the ‘A' doubles bracket with three consecutive victories. They edged Colby-Sawyer juniors Brittany Mailman (Freedom, N.H./Kennett) and Jen LaChance (Killingworth, Conn./Haddam-Killingworth) in a tiebreaker in the final, 9-8.
Sophomores Abby Warren (Durham, N.H./Oyster River) and Megan Cooper (Camarillo, Calif.) were the top duo in the ‘B' doubles bracket, advancing to the semifinals.
Plymouth State plays its first two dual matches of the season at home this week, hosting Endicott College on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. and the University of Southern Maine on Saturday in the Little East Conference opener (2:00 p.m.)
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