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October 8, 2009

Salem State defeats Plymouth State in women’s tennis

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Salem State College pushed its winning streak to six matches Thursday afternoon by defeating Plymouth State University, 6-3, in a Little East Conference women's tennis match at the Central Campus Tennis Courts.

            Salem State, which is now in second place in the Little East, remained unbeaten at home this season. The Lady Vikings are 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the conference.  Senior Megan Cote (Fall River, Mass.) and sophomore Carly Muniz (Gloucester, Mass.) have yet to lose in conference play and they continued their streak by winning at No. 1 and No. 3 singles, respectively.

            Plymouth State continued to get outstanding play from sophomores Laura Donovan (Acton, Mass.) and Lydia Smith (Marblehead, Mass.)  They teamed up for their fifth consecutive victory at No. 2 doubles, improving to 5-1 on the season. Donovan also won her seventh straight match at No. 2 singles and owns a team-best 7-1 record this season, while Smith has won three in a row at No. 4 singles to improve her record to 4-5.

 The Lady Vikings opened up by taking two of three doubles matches to gain the early momentum. Cote and Jess Distler (Pepperell, Mass.) won at No. 1 doubles, while Muniz and Michelle McEwen (Billerica, Mass.) were winners at No. 3.  Joining Cote and Muniz as singles winners for Salem State were McEwen and Patty Quartararo (Lexington, Mass.).

Plymouth State, 3-7 overall and 1-4 in the conference, plays another LEC road match Saturday at Rhode Island College (12:00 p.m.) 

Salem State 6, PlymouthState 3 

Singles

1  Megan Cote (SSC) def. Sara Burke (PSU) 6-0, 6-0

2  Laura Donovan (PSU) def. Alicia Poore (SSC) 6-2, 6-3

3  Carly Muniz (SSC) def. Rachel Figura (PSU) 6-2, 6-4

4  Lydia Smith (PSU) def. Jessica Distler (SSC) 6-4, 6-2

5  Michelle McEwen (SSC) def. Lacey Mailman (PSU) 6-0, 6-2

6  Patricia Quartararo (SSC) def. Megan Cooper (PSU) 6-0, 6-1

Doubles

1  Megan Cote/Jessica Distler (SSC) def. Sara Burke/Rachel Figura (PSU) 8-2

2  Laura Donovan/Lydia Smith (PSU) def. Alicia Poore/Patricia Quartararo (SSC) 8-2

3  Carly Muniz/Michelle McEwen (SSC) def. Lacey Mailman/Megan Cooper (PSU) 8-4

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