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Three PSU Women’s Tennis players named to All-LEC team

Burke, Heartfield, Ioannides represent Panthers

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. Three members of the Plymouth State University women's tennis team were named All-Little East Conference Tuesday for their outstanding performances during the 2012 season.

            Senior Sara Burke (Barrington, R.I.) earned top honors for Plymouth State, receiving All-LEC honors in both singles and doubles.  She earned her second straight Second Team selection at No. 1 singles, and she and junior Molly Heartfield (Dorset, Vt.) also earned Second Team honors at No. 1 doubles.  Freshman Nitsa Ioannides (El Cajon, Calif.) was also recognize for PSU as a Second Team honoree at No. 3 singles.  The All-LEC teams are determined by head-to-head play in the conference circuit.

  Burke Heartfield Ioannides

            Burke finished another outstanding season for PSU in the top singles slot, posting a 10-4 record and a 7-1 mark against conference opponents.  Her only two LEC losses the past two years were to Bridgewater State University's Jenna Williamson, the two-time LEC Player of the Year, and both came in three sets.  Burke was an LEC Player of the Week earlier this season for the second time in her career, and she was the Little East Rookie of the Year in 2009.

            Burke wrapped up a record-setting career for the Panthers.  She finished with an all-time singles mark of 31-20, with her 31 wins at No. 1 singles the most in school history and tied for third on the school's all-time wins list.  Her 11-4 record at No. 1 singles in 2011 and her 10-4 mark this season are the two best records for a top singles player since individual records began being tracked in 1994.

            Burke and Heartfield finished the year with a 10-3 record at No. 1 doubles, including a 7-1 mark against LEC foes.  The Panther tandem, who have been PSU's top doubles team for three years, has an all-time record of 20-15.  Heartfield also posted an 8-4 mark at No. 2 singles this season to up her career record to 24-11.

            Ioannides enjoyed an outstanding rookie season, posting a 10-3 overall record, primarily at No. 3 singles, and she went 7-1 against conference foes.  The Panther freshman also posted a 7-6 record at No. 2 doubles, mostly with fellow freshman Andra Dion (Ashland, N.H.).

            PSU finished the season with an 8-7 overall record under eighth-year head coach Barb Rawlsky-Willett.  The Panthers finished fourth in the LEC regular season race, and got knocked out of the LEC Tournament in the semifinals by top-seeded and eventual champion Bridgewater State University. 

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