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October 10, 2009

RIC too strong for PSU Women’s Tennis

            PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Senior Julie Bannon (Narragansett, RI) teamed with sophomore Gabriela Batek (Greenville, RI) to earn an 8-1 win at No. 1 doubles, then won at No. 1 singles to help the Rhode Island College women¹s tennis team defeat Little East Conference rival Plymouth State University, 8-1, on Saturday afternoon at the RIC Tennis Courts.

            The Anchorwomen improve to 8-5 overall and 3-3 in LEC play, while the Panthers fall to 3-8 and 1-5, respectively.

            RIC opened the day by sweeping all three doubles matches. The hosts won all, but one, singles bouts as PSU sophomore Laura Donovan (Acton, Mass.) earned a straight set victory (6-2, 6-3) at No. 2 singles. Donovan has won eight straight singles matches and owns a team-best 8-1 record on the season.

            Bannon took the first and third sets (6-2, 4-6, 6-3) in her win at the top spot over freshman Sara Burke (Barrington, R.I.) Batek, junior Brittany LaBarre (Greenville, R.I.), freshman Marissa Langellier (Greenville, R.I.) and freshman Doris Belanger (West Warwick, R.I.) swept the remaining singles matches from No. 3-6, a common occurrence for the club as of late.

            Bannon and junior Jaclyn Eastman (Mansfield, Mass.), who is wrapping up her career at the end of the season, were honored prior to the start of the match, along with their families, as part of Senior Day.

            PSU returns home to host Western Connecticut next Saturday on Senior Day at the P.E. Center Courts (12:00 p.m.).  Rhode Island College will host Worcester State on Monday. 

Rhode Island College 8, PlymouthState 1 

Singles

1. Julie Bannon (RIC) def. Sara Burke (PSU) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3

2. Laura Donovan (PSU) def. Jaclyn Eastman (RIC) 6-3, 6-2

3. Gabriela Batek (RIC) def. Rachel Figura (PSU) 6-4, 7-6 (14-12)

4. Brittany LaBarre (RIC) def. Lydia Smith (PSU) 6-1, 6-4

5. Marissa Langellier (RIC) def. Lacey Mailman (PSU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1

6. Doris Belanger (RIC) def. Megan Cooper (PSU) 6-3, 7-5

Doubles

1. Julie Bannon/Gabriela Batek (RIC) def. Sara Burke/Rachel Figura (PSU) 8-1

2. Jaclyn Eastman/Brittany LaBarre (RIC) def. Laura Donovan/Lydia Smith (PSU) 8-4

3. Marissa Langellier/Doris Belanger (RIC) def. Lacey Mailman/Megan Cooper (PSU) 8-4

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