Cooper wins twice for Panthers in setback
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore Chelsea Crehan (Essex, Conn.) won a third-set super-breaker at No. 5 singles Wednesday afternoon to help Castleton State College pull out a 5-4 victory over Plymouth State University in a non-conference women’s tennis match at the P.E. Center Courts.
The team match went back and forth all day and wasn’t decided until Crehan won the 10-point tiebreaker (in place of a third set). Crehan won the first set, 6-4, but PSU freshman Elizabeth Silsby (Dorset, Vt.) came back to take the second set, 6-4. With the sun setting and daylight fading, Crehan clinched the match for the Spartans with a 10-5 victory in the super-breaker.
Castleton took an early lead as juniors Michelle Podnecky (Bridgewater, Vt.) and Kate Bucci (Wakefield, R.I.) posted an 8-2 victory at No. 1 doubles. PSU came back to take the lead by winning the other two doubles matches, sophomore Sara Burke (Barrington, R.I.) and freshman Jane Duggan (Saunderstown, R.I.) posting an 8-6 victory at No. 2 and junior Megan Cooper (Camarillo, Calif.) and freshman Ashley Hanlon (Norwell, Mass.) capturing a 9-8 (7-4) decision at No. 3.
PSU pulled ahead 3-1 when junior Lydia Smith (Marblehead, Mass.) won in straight sets at No. 3 singles, improving her record to 5-0 on the season. The Spartans were winners in the next three singles matches to finish, taking a 4-3 lead in the team scoring as senior Brittni Racine (Leicester, Vt.), Podnecky and Bucci all won in straight sets at Nos. 4, 1 and 2, respectively. Cooper pulled out the No. 6 singles match for PSU to even the team score at 4-4, leaving the team decision up to the No. 5 singles match.
The Spartans improve their record to 5-1 on the season while the Panthers drop to 3-2. Plymouth State had defeated Castleton last year in Vermont by the same score.
PSU returns to Little East Conference action this Saturday, hosting Salem State University at 12 noon. Castleton visits Thomas College Saturday for an NEAC East conference matchup (2:00 p.m.)
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