PSU Women’s Tennis pulls out narrow victory over Salem State
Ioannides, Lund are double-winners, Panthers extend win streak to four
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore Nitsa Ioannides (El Cajon, Calif.) and freshman Nikki Lund (Hingham, Mass.) won two matches each Wednesday afternoon as Plymouth State University pulled out a tight 5-4 victory over Salem State University in a Little East Conference women's tennis match at the P.E. Center Courts.
The visiting Vikings took a 2-1 lead after the doubles portion of the match, but PSU rebounded with victories in four of the six singles matches. PSU clinched the match when freshman Rachel Gustafson (Belchertown, Mass.) captured a 7-6 (7-2), 7-5 decision at No. 5 singles. The final match of the day was taken by Gustafson's sister, Salem State sophomore Hillary Gustafson (Belchertown, Mass.), who earned a 6-4, 6-4 triumph at No. 6 singles.
The close match was not unexpected as the two teams tied for fourth in the LEC preseason poll. PSU won for the fourth match in a row, improving to 6-2 overall and 3-1 in the Little East, while Salem State dropped to 2-5 overall and 1-2 in conference matches.
Ioannides and Lund won the No. 1 doubles match for PSU, 8-5, and then took the No. 1 and No. 3 singles matches, respectively, in straight sets. Senior Chelsea Thibeault (Manchester, N.H.) was also a singles winner for PSU, taking her match at No. 4.
Junior Lauren Woods (Burlington, Mass.) joined Hillary Gutafson as a double-winner for the Vikings. The two paired up to capture the No. 2 doubles match, 8-6, and Woods was a 6-0, 6-0 winner at No. 2 singles. Sophomore Tara Garvey (Palmer, Mass.) and junior Emily Yanchun (Saugus, Mass.) won the No. 3 doubles match for the Vikings.
The Panthers are on the road for their next two matches, beginning this Saturday with a tough Little East Conference contest at Rhode Island College. Salem State is also on the road Saturday for an LEC match, visiting Western Connecticut State University.
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