Panthers remain undefeated to set up showdown vs. RIC
SALEM, Mass. – The Plymouth State University women's tennis squad remained unbeaten on the season Monday afternoon with a 7-2 victory over Salem State University at the Central Campus Tennis Courts.
The Panthers improve to 9-0 overall and 5-0 in the Little East, the best season in school history, while Salem State slips to 3-3 and 2-2 in conference.
Junior Zara Jakubas (Califon, N.J.) and freshman Sunny Jakubas (Califon, N.J.) led the way for Plymouth State with wins at first and second singles respectively, and teamed up for an 8-3 victory at first doubles. Zara Jakubas handed Jennifer Cleary (Swampscott, Mass.) her first conference loss 6-1, 6-0 while Sunny Jakubas defeated April McDermott (Tewksbury, Mass.) 6-1, 6-1.
Lauren Woods (Burlington, Mass.) scored the only victory for the Vikings at third singles, and sophomore Nikki Lund (Hingham, Mass.), junior Nitsa Ioannides (El Cajon, Calif.) and senior Rosalie DiRado (Gansevoort, N.Y.) rounded out singles play with straight set victories for the Panthers.
PSU had taken a 2-1 lead after doubles. In addition to the Jakubas victory at No. 1, Lund and Ioannides cruised to an 8-1 win at No. 2 for the Panthers. Salem State's Woods and Emily Yanchun (Saugus, Mass.) took third doubles with an 8-6 win.
Salem State stays in conference Tuesday when it travels to UMass Boston for a 3:00 p.m. match. Plymouth State is gearing up for a big showdown match Saturday against Rhode Island College at the Holderness School Courts (1:00 p.m.). Both PSU (9-0, 5-0) and RIC (9-0, 4-0) have undefeated records
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