Ioannides wins twice for Panthers
RINDGE, N.H. – Sophomore Leslie Rodgers (Westminster, Md.) picked up a 6-3, 7-5 win at fifth singles on Thursday afternoon to finish off a 5-4 home win for the Franklin Pierce University women's tennis team over Plymouth State University in non-conference play.
Rodgers also teamed with sophomore Christine Boulanger (East Hampton, Conn.) to pick up a 9-7 win at third doubles. The FPU win is the first for first-year head coach Marty Morrissey with the Ravens. Franklin Pierce improves to 1-5 overall while Plymouth State falls to 6-6.
Franklin Pierce held a 4-3 lead with only fifth and sixth singles still in action. PSU sophomore Rosalie DiRado (Gansevoort, N.Y.) dispatched Boulanger, 6-2, 6-1, at sixth singles to even the match at 4-4. That left just Rodgers in play for the Ravens, and she was up one set to none after posting a 6-3 win over junior Chelsea Thibeault (Manchester, N.H.) in the first set. Thibeault attempted to mount a comeback, as the second set stayed even all the way to 5-5. From there, Rodgers would pick up the final two games to smother the comeback attempt and win the match, 6-3, 7-5.
The Ravens also earned points at first and fourth singles, as the two teams split the six singles points. At first singles, junior Natasha McCarthy (Rindge, N.H.) bettered senior Sara Burke (Barrington, R.I.), while freshman Aubrey Lovejoy (Holden, Mass.) breezed to a win at fourth singles.
Freshman Nitsa Ioannides (El Cajon, Calif.) led a Panther attack that came up just shy on the afternoon. After teaming with Burke for an 8-3 win at first doubles, Ioannides posted a 6-4, 6-4 win at second doubles, as she figured in on two of Plymouth State's four points. Freshman Andra Dion (Holderness, N.H.) also picked up a win at No. 3 singles for PSU.
The Ravens return to the court on Sunday when they host Saint Rose in a Northeast-10 Conference match at 1 p.m. PSU wraps up the regular season Saturday with a Little East Conference match at UMass Boston (1.00 p.m.)
(Courtesy of Franklin Pierce Sports Information)
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