Panthers falls to top-seeded Bridgewater State
BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – The Bridgewater State University women's tennis team will be making its fifth straight appearance in the Little East Conference Tournament championship match as the top-seeded Bears downed number four seed Plymouth State University, 5-0, on Thursday afternoon at the Rosen Memorial Tennis Courts.
Plymouth State, which got knocked out in the LEC semifinals for the second straight year, ends the season with a record of 8-7. Bridgewater will host either second seeded UMass Dartmouth or number three seed Salem State University in the title match on Saturday afternoon at one, The Bears defeated both UMass and Salem during the regular season, 8-1 and 7-2, respectively.
Bridgewater swept the doubles matches to take a commanding 3-0 lead over the visiting Panthers. Freshman Alison Vautrin (Somerset, Mass.) and sophomore Rachael Eramo (Rowley, Mass.) teamed for an 8-2 victory at third doubles, while seniors Ashley Pereira (Assonet, Mass.) and Brittney Hislop (Burley, Wash.) posted an 8-2 decision at the second flight. The Bears' top flight tandem of junior Jenna Williamson (Ludlow, Mass.) and senior Lauren Hopp (Dartmouth, Mass.) completed the doubles sweep with an 8-4 triumph over PSU's top team of senior Sara Burke (Barrington, R.I.) and junior Molly Heartfield (Dorset, Vt.)
In singles play, sophomore Melissa Flynn (Stoneham, Mass.) won in straight sets at the sixth flight, 6-0, 6-1, while Hopp secured the match with a 6-2, 6-1 straight set win at number five. In postseason tournament play, a match is stopped once a team records five points.
(Courtesy of Bridgewater State Sports Information)
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