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PSU Women’s Tennis too strong for Endicott

Unbeaten Panthers down Gulls for first time since 2004 

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women’s tennis team swept the three doubles matches and never looked back Thursday afternoon, going on to defeat Endicott College, 8-1, in a non-conference match at the P.E. Center Courts.

            The outcome was PSU’s first victory over Endicott since 2004.  The Gulls had won the previous five matches over Plymouth State by a combined score of 36-9, including 7-2 last season.  The Panthers are now 3-0 this season, matching the number of wins they accumulated all of last year, when they finished 3-9.  Endicott dropped to 1-2 on the season.

            Sophomore Sara Burke (Barrington, R.I.) and freshman Molly Heartfield (Dorset, Vt.) won their No. 1 doubles match for PSU, 8-5, while sophomore Rachel Figura (Cheshire, Conn.) and junior Lydia Smith (Marblehead, Mass.) were victories at No. 2 doubles, 8-3, and junior Laura Donovan (Acton, Mass.) teamed up with freshman Elizabeth Silsby (Dorset, Vt.) for an 8-3 victory at No. 3 doubles.  That put the Panthers up 3-0 going into the singles matches.

            Endicott junior Kate Cioffi (Essex, Vt.) was a winner at No. 1 singles for the only Gulls victory of the day, and the Panthers pulled out the remaining five singles matches.  Figura, Heartfield and freshman Jane Duggan (Saunderstown, R.I.) were winners in straight sets at Nos. 3, 5, and 6, respectively, while Smith won 6-3 in the third set at No. 4 and Donovan won in a third-set super-breaker at No. 2 after splitting the first two sets on tiebreakers.

            The Panthers are now idle for nine days before returning to action on Saturday, Sept. 18, with a Little East Conference match at UMass Dartmouth.  Endicott is back on the courts this Saturday, Sept. 11, at Gordon College (12:00 p.m.) 

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