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October 14, 2010

Colby-Sawyer downs PSU Women’s Tennis

Duggan wins twice for Panthers

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Colby-Sawyer College won two doubles and four singles matches Thursday afternoon to post a 6-3 victory over Plymouth State University in a non-conference women’s tennis match at the P.E. Center’s indoor courts.

            The Chargers held a 2-1 advantage after doubles, and took four of the singles matches, including two in three sets.  Colby-Sawyer earned its third straight win to improve to 11-4 overall, while PSU fell to 6-5 overall.  The match was originally scheduled to be played at Colby-Sawyer but was moved to PSU’s indoor courts due to weather.

            Colby-Sawyer’s top four players were all double winners.  Freshman Stephanie Carlsson (Kungsangen, Sweden) topped PSU sophomore Sara Burke (Barrington, R.I.) in an excellent three-set match at No. 1 singles, coming back from down a set, down 5-2 in the third and fighting off a match point against to win 10-8 in the third-set tiebreaker.  Carlsson had teamed with senior Carolyn Drake (Great River, N.Y.) for an 8-4 victory at No. 2 doubles, and Drake won in a third set at No. 4 singles to clinch the victory for the Chargers.

            Freshman Liz Lincoln (Plymouth, Mass.) and Claire Toffey (Barnstable, Mass.) were straight-set winners for the Chargers at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, respectively, after pairing up for a win at No. 1 doubles.

            PSU got its three wins at the bottom of the line-up, with freshman Jane Duggan (Saunderstown, R.I.) winning twice.  Freshman Molly Heartfield (Dorset, Vt.) and Duggan won in straight sets at No. 5 and No. 6 singles, respectively, and Duggan teamed with junior Laura Donovan (Acton, Mass.) for PSU’s only doubles win at No. 3.

            Plymouth State wraps up the regular season this Saturday with a 12 noon Little East Conference match at Western Connecticut State University, with home-court advantage in the first round of next week’s conference tournament on the line.  Colby-Sawyer plays a Commonwealth Coast Conference Tournament semifinal match next Wednesday at Nichols College (2:00 p.m.) 

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