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Bridgewater State defeats Plymouth State in women’s tennis

Donovan collects only win for Panthers

            BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – The Bridgewater State University women's tennis team downed visiting Plymouth State University Monday afternoon, 8-1, in Little East Conference action at the Rosen Memorial Tennis Courts.

            The Bears swept all three doubles matches and captured five of the six singles flights to secure the win. Bridgewater improves to 10-1 on the season and 6-1 in the Little East standings, while Plymouth State dips to 6-4 overall and 4-3 in conference play.

            Senior Lauren Donnelly (Centerville, Mass.) highlighted the match for Bridgewater as she teamed with classmate Jessica Francis (West Barnstable, Mass.) for an 8-6 win at first doubles and then posted a 6-2, 6-1 straight set victory at first flight singles.

            Also winning in singles play for the Bears were freshman Jenna Williamson (Ludlow, Mass.), sophomore Julie Kraby (Wrentham, Mass.), junior Bridget Murphy (Mattapoisett, Mass.) and sophomore Lauren Hopp (Dartmouth, Mass.) at the third, fourth, fifth and sixth flights respectively.  Kraby battled back from a set down in her match to win 1-6, 6-3, 10-5, handing PSU junior Lydia Smith (Marblehead, Mass.) her first singles loss of the season, dropping her to 9-1.

            Kraby and Murphy paired up for an 8-5 decision at number two doubles, while Williamson and Hopp posted an 8-3 triumph at the third spot.

            Junior Laura Donovan (Acton, Mass.) picked up the lone point for Plymouth State at number two singles as she won in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4. 

            Bridgewater State will travel to Curry College on Wednesday afternoon (3:00 PM) for a non-conference match.  The Bears then travel to Salem State University on Saturday (1:00 PM) for a key Little East match with the Vikings.  A win over Salem would assure the Bears of at least a tie for the conference regular season title.

            Plymouth State will host Colby-Sawyer College on Thursday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. in a make-up match that has been moved indoors at PSU.  The Panthers wrap up the regular season Saturday with a pivotal LEC match at Western Connecticut State University that could decide home-court advantage in the first round of next week’s conference tournament.

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