Panthers split singles matches but drop two of three in doubles
WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior Brooke Michanczyk (Middletown, Conn.) notched the clinching point at fourth singles Saturday afternoon to help pace Worcester State University to a 5-4 victory over Plymouth State University in Little East Conference women's tennis action at Clark University's Corash Tennis Courts.
The Lancers improve to 7-5 overall (4-3 LEC) while the Panthers dip to 6-4 and even out to 3-3 in league play.
The Blue and Gold started off the match with the 2-1 margin in doubles play. Michanczyk and classmate Laura Sarkis (West Springfield, Mass.) helped WSU get things going when they teamed up for the 8-2 win at third doubles. Freshman Shelby Jankins (West Brookfield, Mass.) paired with sophomore Megan Shepard (Middletown, CT) for the 8-3 victory as the top seed, handing PSU's top tandem of sophomore Nitsa Ioannides (El Cajon, Calif.) and freshman Nikki Lund (Hingham, Mass.) their first doubles' loss of the season (7-1).
Worcester State took three of the six singles matchups to earn the eventual victory. Jankins earned the triumph at No. 2 followed by Sarkis at No. 6 before Michanczyk won to clinch the victory for the Lancers.
The Panthers earned singles wins from Ioannides at No. 1, Lund at No. 3, and junior Rosalie DiRado (Gansevoort, NY) at No. 5. Lund and Gustafson share the team lead with seven singles wins, while Ioannides and senior Chelsea Thibeault (Manchester, N.H.) own six singles win apiece.
Worcester State hosts Johnson and Wales Tuesday at 3:30 .m. in its final home game of the season while the Panthers return home to take on unbeaten Bridgewater State on Monday at 2 p.m. at the P.E. Center Courts.
(Courtesy of Worcester State Sports Information)
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