Women’s Tennis sneaks past RIC

Top of line-up leads Panthers past Anchorwomen

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The top three Plymouth State University women's tennis players won two matches each Saturday afternoon as the Panthers edged Rhode Island College, 5-4, in a Little East Conference match at the PE Center Courts.

            The two teams split the six singles matches but PSU earned the team victory with triumphs in two of the three doubles meetings.  PSU stays in line for a home match in the LEC Tournament which is coming up in two weeks.  The Panthers are now 5-5 overall and 3-3 in the Little East while RIC slips to 3-8 and 2-3.

            Senior Sara Burke (Barrington, R.I.), junior Molly Heartfield (Dorset, Vt.) and freshman Nitsa Ioannides (El Cajon, Calif.) led the Panthers.  Burke and Heartfield teamed up for a 9-7 victory at No. 1 doubles, improving their season record to 7-2, while Ioannides joined forces with freshman Andra Dion (Ashland, N.H.) to claim an 8-1 win at No. 2 doubles.  Ioannides and Dion are now 5-4 as a tandem this season.

            Burke came back with a 6-0, 6-0 triumph at No. 1 singles, while Heartfield captured the No. 2 match, 6-2, 6-2, and Ioannides won at No. 3, 6-3, 6-4.  Burke leads the team with a 7-3 singles mark, while Heartfield is 6-4 and Ioannides is 7-2.

            The Anchorwomen got a win at No. 3 doubles from freshmen Sarah Goodwin (Greenville, R.I.) and Akyssa Diaz (Cranston, R.I.), and singles victories from freshman Tressa Cannata (Cranston, R.I.) at No. 4, sophomore Janice Wang (Branchburg, N.J.) at No. 5, and sophomore Gianna Vallante (Coventry, R.I.) at No. 6.

            RIC is back in action Tuesday with a non-conference match at Emmanuel College, while PSU is off until hosting Worcester State University next Saturday for Senior Day.

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