Burke, Heartfield, Duggan double winners for Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Sara Burke (Barrington, R.I.) celebrated Plymouth State University women's tennis Senior Day with a pair of victories Saturday afternoon, leading the Panthers to a 7-2 triumph over Worcester State University in a Little East Conference match at the PE Center Courts.
Burke teamed up with junior Molly Heartfield (Dorset, Vt.) for an 8-3 victory at No. 1 doubles, and came back with a 6-0, 6-2 triumph at No. 1 singles. Burke has won five singles matches in a row, improving to 8-3 on the season, while Burke and Heartfield have won five straight doubles matches, upping their mark to 8-2. Burke also recorded her 29th career singles victory (29-19), the most in school history at No. 1 singles and tied for sixth overall.
Heartfield and junior Jane Duggan (Saunderstown, R.I.) were also double winners for the Panthers. Heartfield was a straight-set winner at No. 2 singles, improving her record to 7-4, and Duggan was a 6-2, 6-2 winner at No. 5 singles after teaming with classmate Chelsea Thibeault (Manchester, N.H./Central) for an 8-2 decision at No. 3 doubles. Freshmen Nitsa Ioannides (El Cajon, Calif.) and Andra Dion (Ashland, N.H.) also posted singles wins for PSU at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, after being defeated together at No. 2 doubles. Ioannides is 8-2 in singles this season, matching Burke for the most wins on the team.
The Lancers collected victories at No. 2 doubles and No. 6 singles. Sophomore Miranda Biron (Webster, Mass.) and freshman Megan Shepard (Middletown, Conn.) took the match at No. 2 doubles, 8-6, and junior Laura Sarkis (West Springfield, Mass.) was a 7-6 (7-1), 6-0 winner at No. 3 singles.
PSU wraps up the regular season next week with road matches at Franklin Pierce University on Thursday and the University of Massachusetts Boson on Saturday. Worcester State returns home to host UMass Boston Wednesday at Clark University.
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