Panthers advance to semifinals at Salem State
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Third-seeded Plymouth State University recorded three victories in singles and two in doubles Tuesday afternoon to defeat sixth-seeded University of Massachusetts Boston, 5-1, in the opening round of the Little East Conference Women's Tennis Tournament at the P.E. Center Courts.
The Panthers, who defeated the Beacons 8-1 last Saturday in the regular season finale for both schools, improve to 10-4 overall, setting a new program standard for victories in a season. UMB, which was making its first appearance in the LEC Tournament since 2008, winds up its season at 6-9 overall.
PSU will travel to second-seeded Salem State University Thursday for a 3:00 p.m. semifinal match. Thursday's semifinal is a rematch of the regular season dual, held at PSU on Sept. 27 and won by Salem State, 7-2.
Two of the three doubles matches Tuesday ended with 8-6 scores. PSU junior Elizabeth Silsby and sophomore Jane Duggan were 8-4 winners at No. 3, and seniors Lydia Smith and Megan Cooper took an 8-6 decision at No. 2.
UMB, which dropped all three doubles matches on Saturday, made things interesting Tuesday with a victory at No. 1 doubles. Junior Anitra Kloczewiak and MaKenna Arrigo avenged their Saturday loss to PSU's tandem of junior Sara Burke and sophomore Molly Heartfield with an 8-6 victory.
Plymouth State won the first three singles matches to wrap up the team victory. Burke, Smith and Heartfield each won in straight sets in the top three flights to clinch the triumph.
PSU's 10 dual match victories this fall betters the nine victories recorded in 1986 (9-2) and 1990 (9-3).
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