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Salem State rallies past PSU Women’s Tennis

Vikings overcome Panthers; Burke wins twice for PSU

            SALEM, Mass. – Salem State University rallied from a 2-1 deficit after doubles Thursday afternoon with wins in five-out-of- six singles matches to defeat the Plymouth State University Panthers 6-3 in a Little East Conference women's tennis match at the Central Campus Courts.

            Salem State remains unbeaten in conference with a 3-0 record and improves to 3-2 overall while Plymouth State slips to 4-5 and 2-3 in the conference.

            The upset-minded Panthers opened with victories in two of three doubles matches, as senior Sara Burke (Barrington, R.I.) and junior Molly Heartfield  (Dorset, VT.) teamed up for a win at No 1 and juniors Jane Duggan  (Saunderstown, R.I.) and Chelsea Thibeault  (Manchester, N.H.) earned a win at third doubles.

            The singles portion of the match was a different story though, as the host Vikings ended up with five wins to clinch the team victory.  The highlight for PSU was at No. 1 singles, where Burke defeated Michelle McEwen (Billerica, Mass.) in an exciting match, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.  Burke improved her season record to 6-3 (4-1 in conference play) at No. 1 singles.

            Maddy Ward (Somerville, Mass.), Jessica Spinale (Saugus, Mass.), and Tara Garvey (Palma, Mass.) won in straight sets for Salem, but the Panthers pushed the Vikings to the limit in the other two matches. April McDermott (Tewksbury, Mass.) won in three sets at No. 5 singles and Anna Yaskell (Stockholm, Sweden) won in a superbreaker at No. 4 singles.

            Both teams are in conference play on Saturday as Salem State takes on Western Connecticut at 1:00 PM while Plymouth State hosts Rhode Island College at noon. 

(Courtesy of Salem State Sports Information) 

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