Jakubas sisters lead Panthers in conference opener
GORHAM, Maine – The Plymouth State University women's tennis team opened the 2014 season Sunday afternoon in fine fashion, posting a 9-0 sweep over the University of Southern Maine in what was also the Little East Conference opener at the Gorham High School Courts.
The Panthers opened the match taking all three doubles points in convincing fashion. The Jakubas sisters, Zara (on left in photo) and Sunny (Califon, N.J./Voorhees), combined to take the number one doubles match 8-1. The PSU combination of sophomore Nikki Lund (Hingham, Mass.) and junior Nitsa Ioannides (El Cajon, Calif.) also posted an 8-1 win at number two doubles, and freshman Cassidy Wells (Colchester, Vt.) and sophomore Rachel Gustafson (Belchertown, Mass.) were 8-4 winners at No. 3.
Zara Jakubas came back in singles play to win in straight sets at the top of the ladder while Sunny Jakubas cruised in straight sets at number two. The Panthers won all six singles matches in straight sets to complete the shutout. Senior Rosalie DiRado (Gansevoort, N.Y.) was down 3-0 in the second set and came back to win 6-4 at No. 6 singles.
Plymouth State will host its home opener in a non-conference match on Wednesday (3:30 p.m.) against Colby-Sawyer College. All PSU home matches this season will be played at the Holderness School, with parking available in the Holderness School Ice Arena parking lot.
Southern Maine (1-2, 0-1) is off until Saturday (1:00 p.m.) when it travels to Providence, R.I., to take on LEC preseason favorite Rhode Island College.
(Courtesy of Southern Maine Sports Information)
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